Monday 16 December 2019

Charlize Theron says paparazzi intrusion is 'like being raped'

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn leaving Claridges Hotel in London
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn leaving Claridges Hotel in London

Freya Drohan

Actress Charlize Theron has compared media intrusion in her life to being raped.

The Oscar winner, who has a two-year-old son Jackson, said she feels her privacy is being constantly invaded and no longer has 'sacred' elements of her life due to paparazzi attention.

Theron revealed she avoids reality television at all costs and would never voluntarily have a camera crwe follow her around.

"When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped," she told Sky News in London.

When the interviewer asked if she understood the severity of her statement, she replied, "Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it's just me.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 28: Charlize Theron leaving Claridges Hotel on May 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)

"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.”

The actress was in the British capital with Penn and her son to promote her new movie A Million Ways To Die In The West.

She went on to say: "There is a part of my job that is incredibly lovely - to fly first class to London, to be able to do that with my son and my family and I am definitely not jaded by any of that.”

"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.”

Charlize Theron

"I try to protect against that as much as I can."

"But when it's constant every single day, every time you leave the house, every time anybody mentions you in public, any time your child gets in a car. That does feel very violating."

This statement is extremely bizarre from Charlize, who appeared in a controversial anti-rape advertisement in 1999.

The ad, which was eventually banned, stated the harrowing statistics in South Africa - that one in three women would be raped in their lifetime, and that a woman was sexually assaulted every 26 seconds.


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