Brooke Shields has revealed that she was raped in her early 20s but was too embarrassed to tell anyone at the time.
The 57-year-old actress told the dark story in her new documentary Pretty Baby, which examines the abuse of young, vulnerable people in Hollywood.
A child star, Shields appeared in the movie Pretty Baby at the age of 11, appearing nude with 29-year-old Keith Carradine.
At the age of 15, she appeared in two more movies, Blue Lagoon and Endless Love, featuring sex and nudity.
In the documentary, which premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, Shields said he was assaulted shortly after graduating from Princeton in 1987.
Brooke Shields has revealed she was raped in 1987 (left), when she was 22. She can be seen on the right on Friday at the premiere of her documentary, in which she discusses the attack
Destined for Hulu later this year, Pretty Baby explores how Shields was sexualized as a child early in her career as she grew up in the world of fashion and Hollywood
Describing the rape for the first time, Shields says in the documentary that she tried to return to Hollywood after attending Princeton, and had dinner with a man she knew to talk about possible projects, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The man – who does not name Shields – then invited her to come back to his hotel and call a taxi.
“I go to the hotel room and he disappears for a while,” she said.
She said there were binoculars in the room, and she picked them up to look out the window at some volleyball players.
He then returned naked to the room and attacked her.
“I put the binoculars down and it’s right on top of me. Like she was struggling,” she said, explaining that she wasn’t fighting out of fear.
“I was afraid I was going to choke or something.
“So I didn’t fight that much. Not me. I just completely froze.
“I thought one ‘no’ should have been enough, and I just thought, ‘Stay alive and get out,’ and I just shut it down.
God knows I knew how to break free from my body. I had practiced that.’
Shields, 57, can be seen Friday at the premiere of her new documentary Pretty Baby at the Sundance Film Festival
She said she left the hotel after the attack, got into a taxi and “cried all the way to my friend’s apartment.”
She said it took her years to come to terms with what happened.
“He said to me, ‘I can trust you and I can’t trust people.’ It’s so cliche, it’s almost pathetic,” she said.
“I believed that somehow I had spread a message and that was how the message was received.
“I drank wine with dinner. I went to the room. I just had so much confidence.’
She said she wrote to her attacker years later, but he never responded.
Shields, a mother of two, is pictured Jan. 8 at a gala in New York City
“I put my hands in the air 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,'” she said . .
“I wanted to erase everything from my body and mind and just continue on the path I was on.
“The system had never come to help me. So I just had to get stronger.’
The two-part documentary is directed by Lana Wilson, who is best known for directing Taylor Swift’s 2020 Netflix documentary Miss Americana.
The reveal film will also reportedly look back at Brooke’s first marriage to tennis star Andre Agassi, her turbulent relationship with her alcoholic mother, Teri, and her own struggles with motherhood.
It will be available on Hulu later this year.