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Old 02-09-2017, 04:29 PM   #56
st jimmy
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It remains a mystery to me that sometimes I try very hard to find information without success, and at other times I find interesting information without really trying.
I’ve found a huge number of victims of sexual abuse in the movie industry, it´s almost as if the movies specifically look for victims of child abuse.

Originally Posted by st jimmy
Natalie Wood co-starred with James Dean in “Rebel without a cause”. The 16-year-old Wood landed the role by having sex with the director of the movie - Nicholas Ray (44 at the time).
During filming Dennis Hopper was the next to get young Natalie Wood in bed (I guess by now 17):
Suzanne Finstad conducted 400 interviews for a biography on Natalie Wood (born Natasha Gurdin in San Francisco in 1938).
Even before she had an affair with Nicholas Ray, at 15, she had a “serious friendship” with the 38-year-old Frank Sinatra.
I haven´t found a second source to confirm that Sinatra was a paedophile. Sinatra wasn´t only one of the most famous singers of the 20th century, but also a successful actor and Knight of Malta...

At 16, Wood was raped by an unnamed prominent, married actor-producer and then forced (by her mother) to not reveal the incident. It has been rumoured that this was Kirk Douglas.
Bizarrely Finstad claims that Wood ended the first of her 2 marriages to Robert Wagner when she found him in bed with another man:

Before Oprah Winfrey became world famous (and filthy rich) as a talk show host she had already been an actress.
Oprah Winfrey was sexually abused from the ages 9 to 14 in Milwaukee.
Oprah was 9 years old when she was first sexually abused; she was raped by her 19-year-old cousin. Within the next few years, she would face more abuse from a family friend and an uncle.
Oprah kept this a secret for many years.

At 14 years, Oprah found out she was pregnant. Around this time her mother sent her to a detention home. She went to live with her father instead.
She was able to hide her pregnancy from her parents for 7 months. She went into early labour on the same day she told her father about the pregnancy. She delivered a boy, who died within 2 weeks.
Oprah´s father told her that this would give her a second chance:
See the interview.

Oprah has said that the real change came about when she was 16 and first read Maya Angelou's autobiography. It completely transformed her outlook.
Writer/actress Maya Angelou was a victim of childhood rape herself:
Angelou’s sometimes-absentee mother, Vivian Baxter, had a steel will and several careers of her own. She was an inadvertent player in an early, formative trauma in Angelou’s life. When Angelou was 8 and briefly living with Baxter in St. Louis, her mother’s boyfriend raped Angelou. The man was arrested, convicted and released; soon after, he was found beaten to death. Believing she had caused the killing because she had told of the rape, Angelou refused to speak for several years; only her beloved older brother, Bailey, could coax her to talk.

Queen Latifah (born Dana Elaine Owens) was a successful rapper before she starred in many movies. In 2009, Queen Latifah first told that she had been the victim of sexual abuse for a short period of time when she was a child by a teenager charged with her care.
She never told anybody until she was 22 (when her brother died):

In 2014, actress Rosie Perez published a memoir in which she wrote about being the victim of childhood sexual abuse:
In her memoir, Perez also writes for the first time that her half-brother sexually assaulted her twice during her childhood while she visited her mother's house. When she told her mother, Perez writes that she was smacked and punished for lying.
Nobody was prosecuted in the case, Perez said in an interview. She said she hopes her siblings are getting help to break the cycle of abuse, she said, because they were all victims.

In 2010, actor Gabriel Byrne revealed that he had been sexually abused between the age of 8 and 11 by 2 Christian Brothers in Ireland while he was training to be a priest.
This experience made Gabriel Byrne an outspoken critic of the Catholic Church:
Unfortunately, I experienced some sexual abuse. It was a known and admitted fact of life amongst us that there was this particular man, and you didn't want to be left in the dressing room with him.
It took many years to come to terms with it and to forgive those incidents that I felt had deeply hurt me.
It didn't go on over a prolonged period but it happened at a very, very vulnerable moment.

In 2002, Derek Luke talked about his role as “Antwone Fisher” and revealed that he had been molested when he was a child:
I was molested. I try not to emphasize on me because I feel Antwone had a harder life. I think sometimes people feel it may be selfish as an actor to use what you drew on to subtract from the real story. My whole thing was I felt free when I read the script. I felt like maybe I get to hide behind the script and tell my story. I was molested, and I have my own personal fight.

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