Brooke Shields has spoken out about being sexually assaulted for the first time in a new documentary, “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields.”
Shields, now 57, claimed the unwanted sexual encounter took place in her twenties after meeting with an unnamed Hollywood professional to discuss an upcoming film opportunity. His documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday.
“I thought it was a business meeting,” Shields explained in the documentary, via USA Today. “I had met this person before, and he was always nice to me.”
After the two shared a meal, Shields noted that “her demeanor changed and there was no discussion about the film.”
Shields tried to call a taxi from the restaurant, but the unnamed man insisted he call one from his hotel.
“I go up to his hotel room and he disappears for a while,” the model recalls.
Shields claims the man eventually reappeared – naked – and began sexually assaulting her.
“It was like wrestling,” Shields recalled. “I was afraid of choking or something, I didn’t know. I played the scene in my head, so I didn’t fight much. … I completely froze. I just thought, ‘Stay alive and get out.'”
“I just shut it up. And God knows I knew how to disassociate from my body. I practiced that,” she said, referring to her ability to disassociate from her body while modeling.
The “Suddenly Susan” actress told her security chief at the time about the encounter.
“I was angry to hear his story,” Gavin de Becker said in the documentary. “She’s my little sister and I wanted her to know she didn’t do anything wrong.”
Shields wasn’t sure she was going to share the encounter in the documentary.
“I didn’t know if or when or if I was ever going to talk about it,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It took me many years of therapy to be able to talk about it. I certainly worked very hard and learned how to treat it.”
“And I’ve come to a place, and we’ve come to a place in our society, where we can talk about these things a lot more openly,” she continued. “I had no idea I was going to say that.”
Shields then explained why she wanted to talk about it now.
“Where I came from was as a woman, as a mother, as a person who lived with the guilt of this for so long and continually tried to learn how to deal with this,” he said. she declared.
“I wanted to share this story with other men and women who may be struggling or trying to survive this, hoping that at least if I share the incident and the story it will help others get through everything. what they need. I hope to be that type of advocate,” she added.
The two-part documentary “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” will premiere at a later date on the Hulu streaming platform.
The movie follows Shields’ entire career and the handful of controversies that arose while she was acting and modeling at a young age.
There has been backlash over Shields’ Calvin Klein jeans campaign, her role as a child prostitute when she was 11, and the sex scene she filmed for “Endless Love” when she was 16 years old. In 1981 Shields lost a lawsuit against photographer Garry Gross. He had photographed Shields naked when he was 10 and later sold the photos.