Natalie Wood was assaulted "for hours by top Hollywood figure" at the age of 16, sister Lana reveals
Actress Natalie Wood's sister, Lana Wood, claimed in an interview that the actress was "raped for hours" by a "top" Hollywood man at Chateau Marmont hotel when she was just 16
Actress Natalie Wood was "raped for hours" by a top Hollywood man at the famed Chateau Marmont hotel, her 72-year-old sister, Lana Wood has claimed. She stated that her late sibling was just 16 when the "powerful" man, who has not been named, took advantage of her during an interview.
In a podcast series titled 'Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood,' Lana revealed the dark day took place when she was only eigh-years old.
"We drove her up to the Chateau Marmont and my mother and I sat in the car for hours, to the point where I went to sleep, and that was the interview where Natalie was raped," said Lana.
"I mean, it was something that Natalie went through in trying to come to terms with, you know, such a horrendous thing, particularly being that young. There again, it's not something that my mom would pursue because you don't want to make that big star angry," Lana added.
"You don't want the studio knowing that this occurred. She would never have said anything to authorities or anyone."
Dr Cynthia Lucia, who has studied the alleged attack, said that the "rape of Natalie Wood was, from what I've understood, quite brutal and quite violent." She also said Wood was probably too scared to report the attack for fear of losing out on jobs in the future.
Lana decided to break her silence almost 40 years after Natalie's mysterious death during a boat trip with husband Robert Wagner in 1981, when she drowned. She was on her family's yacht, Splendour, with Wagner, the ship's captain, and her friend, actor Christopher Walken, off the coast of Catalina Island. She was found dead in the water at the age of 43.
Lana had earlier confessed that she was pleased that actor Wagner was named a "person of interest" in her suspicious demise. Natalie Wood, known for her high-profile roles in 'West Side Story,' 'Miracle On 34th Street' and 'Rebel Without A Cause' was one of Hollywood's biggest names and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in 1961 film 'Splendor in the Grass.' But her film career slowed in the 1970s as she took a break from acting to raise two children born to her two different husbands, Wagner and Richard Gregson