In the wake of #MeToo movement, many celebrities have been coming forward with their stories about the sexual assault they have sustained. Now, How To Get Away With Murder actress Karla Souza has spoken about an incident that took place with her during the early stages of her career.
In an interview with CNN en Español, the actress recalled that she was raped by a director (who she does not name) when she first started acting.
The alleged incident took place in her native Mexico when she was shooting for a film. Karla said that she was separated from rest of the cast members after the shoot was over as she was provided a room in a hotel where the director also stayed but not the other cast and crew.
It was during this that the director started knocking at Karla's door at odd hours. “He knocked at my door saying he wanted to go over some scenes and I thought it’s 2 am, it’s not appropriate and it’s something that shouldn’t be happening,” she said.
She then stated that after a point of time the director started to threaten her. He reportedly “decided not to shoot my scene and then he suddenly started to humiliate me in front of the others on the set.”
“This was the psychological control that he held over me,” she added.
She reported that the director continued to showcase this behavior for a month and it was after this that she decided to give in. Getting tired of the director's “total abuse of power” she felt she had no choice but to “give in”.
“I ended up giving in to him. [I let him] kiss me, to touch me in ways I did not want him to touch me and in one of those instances, he attacked me violently and yes, he raped me,” she said, wiping away tears.
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