AceShowbiz - Another female actress opened up on her story with sexual assault to continue bringing awareness on the issue following Harvey Weinstein scandal. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" actress Laura Dern revealed that she was sexually assaulted when she was 14 years old.
"It was an extraordinary experience, perhaps more than ever, to have this shared space and a tribe of women and artists talking about this industry, and ultimately therefore talking about sexual harassment in the workplace. And a very interesting thing happened this morning," she said during her visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show".
"I woke up and I realized that in that space I talked about how I was one of the lucky ones because I was raised by actors who told me their stories and told me what to look out for, and I realized that I was I still justifying behavior. And it was my mom who said, 'No, no, no, Laura - that was sexual assault. That was harassment. That was assault. You were 14 then.' "
"You realize how in our culture we have justified, and therefore even condoned behavior, as though it's the norm. I felt very moved by people being honest and direct," the "Big Little Lies" star told Ellen DeGeneres.
The host responded by applauding Reese Witherspoon who told star-studded crowd at a recent Hollywood event that she was sexually assaulted by a director when she was 16. "Yeah, Reese was very honest and it was really, you know, I want to say brave because it is brave to come out and talk about it. Because it's so important and so necessary and there should be nothing but truth coming out. And more women need to speak up," DeGeneres said.
Dern chimed in, "And there was no one there who didn't say they'd had the experience. The most exciting part of it is in moving forward, we talked about the forming of a commission, which Kathleen Kennedy presented. So to have a place that you can feel safe, even anonymously, to reach out and say there's an abusive power here and something is not OK."
"Yeah, it's long, long overdue but at least it's happening now," the host said, "So I'm so happy that it's finally happening."