Keira Knightley Opens Up About Sexual Harassment: ‘Everyone Has Battled Monsters’

Keira Knightley is the latest celebrity to speak out about sexual harassment, with her admitting she’s been assaulted “in a minor way” at least four times.

The 32-year-old discusses the ongoing sexual misconduct scandal in Hollywood in an interview with Variety and says that although she hasn’t been a victim of abuse professionally, she has been assaulted on nights out.

Knightley tells the mag, “In my personal life, when I’ve been in bars, I can count four times when I’ve been, what I’d say, was assaulted in a minor way. I think everyone has battled their fair share of monsters.

“It’s not just actresses. It’s teachers; it’s lawyers. I’m not talking about rape, but I’m talking about the people who had been grabbed in pubs or their breasts had been fondled by somebody they didn’t know or they’d had someone shove a hand up their skirt.”

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She adds that women have put up with the abuse for too long and it’s “terrifying” that people now think of it as “normal” behaviour.

“It must have been awful for all of those brave women who have come forward and spoken publicly about their experiences. There’s been a lot of pain and a lot of suffering. We’re in a period of time in which it all has to come out. Then we need to move forward and figure out how to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”

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The actress also speaks about disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, who has now been accused of sexual misconduct by over 90 women. The pair worked together on “The Imitation Game” and “Begin Again”.

She insists, “My experience with Harvey Weinstein was always very professional. He was very good on the films we made. I was aware of his reputation of being a bully. He was famous for phoning people in the middle of the night and screaming at them. He didn’t do that to me, and he certainly never asked me for massages or anything like that.

“I wasn’t aware of any allegations of rape or sexual assault against him. For the first time people are sharing their stories. People have been absolutely terrified to talk about it and were scared of retribution, so I don’t think everybody knew the extent of what was going on.”

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