Brooke Shields reveals she was raped by a Hollywood insider: ‘Stay alive and get out’

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Actress Brooke Shields revealed that she was raped by a Hollywood insider early in her acting career. The “Blue Lagoon” actress made the revelation of being a victim of sexual assault in her new documentary “Pretty Baby.”

Shields made her cinematic debut at just 11 years old in the movie “Alice, Sweet Alice.” A year later, Shields starred as a child prostitute in the controversial film “Pretty Baby.” Shields appeared nude in the movie and kissed 29-year-old actor Keith Carradine. As a teen, Shields was cast in sexualized roles for “Blue Lagoon” and “Endless Love.”

In 1983, Shields paused her Hollywood career to attend Princeton University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Romance languages, she wanted to restart her acting career.

Shields said she had dinner with a Hollywood insider to discuss prospects for her return to acting. The man, who Shields did not identify, convinced her to come back to his hotel room while she waited for a taxi to pick her up.

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“And I go up to the hotel room, and he disappears for awhile,” Shields said in the new documentary.

Shields recalled that there was nothing to do, so she picked up a pair of binoculars and watched volleyball players outside of the hotel window. The man allegedly returned to the room naked, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“I put the binoculars down and he’s right on me,” Shields remembered. “Just like, was wrestling.”

The actress said she was paralyzed with fear.

“I was afraid I’d get choked out or something,” she explained. “So, I didn’t fight that much. I didn’t. I just absolutely froze. I thought one ‘No’ should’ve been enough, and I just thought, ‘Stay alive and get out,’ and I just shut it out. God knows I knew how to be disassociated from my body.”

She continued, “I went down in the elevator, and I got my own cab. I just cried all the way to my friend’s apartment.”

Shields said that she didn’t process the sex crime attack as a sexual assault for a long time.

She told her security specialist Gavin de Becker about the sexual assault, “He said, ‘That’s rape.’ And I said, ‘I’m not willing to believe that.'”

Shields said that she wrote her sexual abuse attacker a letter years later, but it was ignored.

“I just threw my hands up and said, ‘You know what, I refuse to be a victim because this is something that happens no matter who you are and no matter what you think you’re prepared for or not,'” the Hollywood actress stated.

“I wanted to erase the whole thing from my mind and body and just keep on the path I was on,” she added. “The system had never once come to help me. So, I just had to get stronger on my own.”

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[embedded content]World premiere of Hulu documentary ‘Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields’ |

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