Press intrusion is like being raped, says Charlize in outburst
Charlize Theron, the Oscar-winning actress, has disclosed that she never Googles herself because outside interest in her private life is "like being raped".
The South African-born actress told 'Sky News' that "every aspect" of her life has become "fodder" for a brand of journalism that exists "in a dark room".
She said: "I don't (Google myself) – that's my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped."
Asked whether she meant to express the sentiment as strongly as that, she replied: "Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it's just me.
"Some people might relish in all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them. I don't always win that war but as long as I don't have to see that stuff or read that stuff or hear that stuff then I can live with my head in a clear space, which is probably a lot healthier than living in that dark room."
She said: "My job has made my life incredibly blessed and good and I am very grateful for that, but it does not mean that every aspect of my life all of a sudden becomes fodder for an article.
"I try to protect against that as much as I can."
However, Katie Russell, a spokeswoman for sexual violence charity Rape Crisis in England and Wales, said Ms Theron's comments trivialised rape.
"Obviously we're always very disappointed when an influential public figure, who we consider a role model, uses thoughtless language around rape," she said.
"She is comparing something which I have no doubt is a distressing experience, but it is never helpful or appropriate to use sexual violence as a metaphor for experiences in that way. It detracts from what is a very real, and very serious experience for survivors and it trivialises sexual violence. (© Daily Telegraph, London)