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Brooke Shields: Why I Opened Up About My Rape More Than 30 Years Later

To open. Brooke Shields looks back on her life in the documentary Beautiful baby: Brooke Shields and discusses sexual abuse for the first time.

“I didn’t know if or when I would ever bring this up,” explains the 57-year-old model The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, January 19. “It took me many years of therapy to even talk about it. I definitely worked really hard through it and I learned to process it.

In the new movie — which premiered Friday, Jan. 20 at the Sundance Film Festival — Shields recalled struggling to find movie roles after graduating from Princeton University in 1987. She was excited to meet an old friend about a possible project, and he invited her back to his hotel room to call a cab.

“I just absolutely froze,” said the Blue Lagoon said star in the documentary via Rolling stone. “My one ‘no’ should have been enough. And I just thought, ‘Stay alive and get out.’ And I just shut it down. And god knows I knew how to break free from my body. I practiced on that.”

Shields continued, “I wanted to erase everything from my mind and body and just continue on the path I was on. And the system had never come to help me, you know? So I just had to get stronger on my own.

The movie, directed by Lana Wilson (who was at the helm Taylor Swifts Miss Americana doc) shows Shields processing her feelings, from initially refusing a bodyguard who said the incident was rape to finally writing a scathing letter to her attacker.

“I’ve come to a place, and we’ve come to a point in our society where we can talk a lot more openly about these things,” Shields told THR. “I had no idea I was going to say it. I thought, I’ve arrived at this place, and I feel as a mother of two young girls that I hope that just hearing my incident can add myself to becoming a lawyer. Because this is something that happens every day, and it shouldn’t happen. I felt I had arrived at a place where I could talk about it. It took a long time.”

The New York native shares daughters Rowan, 19, and Grier, 16, with husband Chris Henry. She has been married to the producer since 2001.

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