Brooke Shields first spoke out about sexual abuse in a new documentary, “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields.”
Shields, now 57, claimed the unwanted sexual encounter happened in her 20s after meeting an unnamed Hollywood professional to discuss an upcoming movie opportunity. Her documentary premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival.
“I thought it was a work meeting,” Shields explains in the documentary via USA Today. “I had met this person before and he was always nice to me.”
After the two shared a meal, Shields commented “his behavior was changing and the movie wasn’t being talked about.”
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Shields tried to call a cab from the restaurant, but the unnamed man insisted he call her a cab from his hotel.
“I go to his hotel room and he disappears for a while,” the model recalled.
Shields claims the man eventually reappeared — naked — and then sexually assaulted her.
“It was like wrestling,” Shields recalled. “I was afraid I was going to choke or something, I didn’t know. I was playing the scene in my head so I wasn’t fighting that much. … I just completely froze. I was just like, ‘Stay alive and get out.’ ‘”
“I just shut it out. And God knows I knew how to be separated from my body. I practiced that,” she said, referring to her ability to detach from her body while modeling.
The ‘Suddenly Susan’ actress told her security chief about the encounter at the time.
“I was angry to hear her story,” Gavin de Becker said in the documentary. “That’s my little sister and I wanted her to know she wasn’t doing anything wrong.”
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Shields wasn’t sure if she would share the encounter in the documentary.
“I didn’t know if or when I would ever bring this up,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s taken me many years of therapy to even talk about it. I’ve definitely worked really hard through it and I’ve learned to process it.”
“And I’ve come to a place, and we’ve come to a point in our society where we can talk a lot more openly about these things,” she continued. “I had no idea I was going to say it.”
Shields went on to explain why she wanted to talk about it now.
“Where I came from, it was as a woman, as a mother, as someone who has lived with the guilt of this for so long and has been constantly trying to learn how to process it,” she said.
“I wanted to share this story with other men and women who may be struggling or trying to survive this, in the hopes that if I share the incident and story, it will help others work through what they need to work through. I I hope to be such a lawyer,” she added.
The two-part documentary “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” will premiere on the streaming platform Hulu at a later date.
The film follows Shields’ entire career and the handful of controversies that arose while she was acting and modeling at a young age.
There was backlash against Shields’ Calvin Klein jeans campaign, her role as a child prostitute at age 11, and the sex scene she filmed at age 16 for “Endless Love”. In 1981, Shields lost a lawsuit against photographer Garry Gross. He had photographed Shields nude at the age of 10 and later sold the photos.
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