Brooke Shields speaks out about being sexually assaulted for the first time in a new documentary, “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields.”
Shields, 57, alleges the unwanted sexual encounter occurred after she met with an unnamed Hollywood professional to discuss an upcoming film opportunity. Her documentary premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival.
“I think of it as a work meeting,” Shields explained in the USA TODAY documentary. “I’ve met this guy before and he’s always been nice to me.”
After the two had dinner, Shields noted that “his behavior was changing, and no one was talking about the movie.”
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Shields tried to hail a taxi from the restaurant, but the man, who did not want to be named, insisted he call her one from his hotel.
“I went to his hotel room and he disappeared for a while,” recalls the model.
Shields claims the man eventually reappeared — naked — and proceeded to sexually assault her.
“It was like wrestling,” Shields recalls. “I was worried I was going to choke or something, I don’t know. I replayed that scene in my head so I didn’t fight that much … I was completely frozen. I just thought, ‘Stay alive go out.'”
“I just shut it out. God knows I know how to detach from my body. I practice that,” she said, referring to her ability to detach from her body while modeling.
The “Suddenly Susan” actress did tell her security chief about what happened.
“I was angry to hear her story,” Gavin de Becker said in the documentary. “That’s my sister and I want her to know she’s done nothing wrong.”
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Shields wasn’t sure if she would share the encounter in the documentary.
“I don’t know if, when or if I’m going to bring it up,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It took me many years of therapy to be able to talk about it. I really worked my way through it, and I’ve learned to deal with it.”
“I’ve come to a place, we’ve come to a time in our society where we can talk about these things more openly,” she continued. “I don’t know I’m going to say it.”
Shields went on to explain why she wants to talk about it now.
“Where I come from is as a woman, as a mother, as someone who has lived with this guilt for a long time and is constantly trying to learn how to deal with it,” she said.
“I want to share this story with other men and women who may be struggling or trying to survive, and hopefully at least if I share this incident and story, then it can help other people with issues they need to address. I want to be that kind of advocate ,” she added.
The two-part documentary “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” will premiere later on streaming platform Hulu.
The film follows Shields throughout her career and some of the controversies that ensued while she was acting and modeling at a young age.
Shields’ Calvin Klein jeans campaign, her role as a child prostitute at age 11 and her sex scene for “Endless Love” at age 16 drew backlash. In 1981, Shields lost a lawsuit against photographer Garry Gross. He took nude photos of Shields when he was 10 years old and later sold them.
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