Brooke Shields has revealed that she was raped in her early 20s, but was too ashamed to tell anyone at the time.
The 57-year-old actress told the dark story in her new documentary, Pretty Baby, which explores the abuse of young and vulnerable people in Hollywood.
Shields, a child star, appeared in the movie Pretty Baby at age 11 and appeared nude with 29-year-old Keith Carradine.
At 15, she appeared in two more films, Blue Lagoon and Endless Love, which included sex and nudity.
In the documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Shields recounted being attacked shortly after graduating from Princeton in 1987.
Brooke Shields has revealed that she was raped in 1987 (left), when she was 22 years old. She is seen just Friday at the premiere of her documentary, in which she talks about the attack.
Destined for Hulu later this year, Pretty Baby explores how Shields was sexualized early in her career as a child growing up in the world of fashion and Hollywood.
She said that, at 22, she was looking forward to acting again and had dinner with a man she knew to discuss potential projects.
Detailing the rape for the first time, Shields says in the documentary that he was trying to get back into Hollywood after attending Princeton, and had dinner with a man he knew to discuss possible projects, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The man then invited her to return to her hotel and call a taxi.
“I go up to the hotel room and he disappears for a while,” she said.
She said that there was a pair of binoculars in the room and she took them to look at some volleyball players through the window.
He then returned naked to the room and attacked her.
Shields, 57, is seen Friday at the premiere of her new documentary Pretty Baby at the Sundance Film Festival.
‘I put the binoculars down and he’s right over me. Just like wrestling,” he said, explaining that he didn’t fight out of fear.
I was afraid that I would drown or something.
‘So, I didn’t fight as much. I didn’t. I absolutely froze.
‘I thought ‘No’ should have been enough, and I just thought, ‘Stay alive and get out,’ and just shut up.
God knows I knew how to disassociate myself from my body. I had practiced that.
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 accept what had happened.
He told me: ‘I can trust you and I can’t trust people.’ It’s cliché, it’s practically pathetic,” she said.
‘I somehow believed that I sent a message and that’s how the message was received.
I drank wine at dinner. I went up to the room. He was so confident.’
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.
She didn’t name him.
“I just put my hands up 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 ready for or not,” she said. .
“I wanted to erase the whole thing from my mind and body and just continue on the path I was on.
‘The system had never come to help me. So, I just had to get stronger on my own.’
The two-part documentary is directed by Lana Wilson, best known for directing Taylor Swift’s 2020 Netflix documentary Miss Americana.
The breakout film will also reportedly look back on 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.