Natalie Portman reveals she experienced ‘sexual terrorism’ at 13 after fan sent her ‘rape fantasy’ and critics discussed her ‘budding breasts’

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NATALIE Portman has revealed how she experienced “sexual terrorism” when she was 13 after a fan sent her a “rape fantasy” and critics discussed her “budding breasts”.

The Oscar-winning actress shared her traumatic experience as she addressed a crowd of thousands of women at the Los Angeles Women’s March on Saturday.

Actress Natalie Portman addresses the crowd at the Women's March in Los Angeles on Saturday
Actress Natalie Portman addresses the crowd at the Women’s March in Los Angeles on Saturday
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The 36-year-old told how she turned 12 on the set of her first film Leon: The Professional, where she played a young girl who befriended a hit man in hopes of avenging the murder of her parents.

When the movie was released a year later, she described feeling excited to open her first fan mail but was left horrified when she opened it to find a letter from a man who had written a “rape fantasy” about her.

She went on to tell the crowd: “A countdown was started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday, euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with.

“Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews. I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort.”

She was joined by Eva Longoria and Constance Wu as she retold her traumatic experience as a girl
She was joined by Eva Longoria and Constance Wu as she retold her traumatic experience as a girl
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Portman is embraced on stage by American singer Rachel Platten
Portman is embraced on stage by American singer Rachel Platten
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Eva Longoria also took to the podium to speak to the thousands of women who had come together to march on Saturday
Eva Longoria also took to the podium to speak to the thousands of women who had come together to march on Saturday
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Scarlett Johansson also took to the stage to speak to demonstrators on Saturday
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She said from then on she had adjusted her personal and professional behaviour to avoid this happening, and even went as far rejecting roles with kissing scenes.

Portman would try to bolster her “bookish and serious” side and built a reputation as being “prudish, conservative, nerdy and serious”.

She said: “At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me. I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world that I’m someone worthy of safety and respect.

“The response to my expression, from small comments about my body to more deliberate statements, served to control my behaviour through an environment of sexual terrorism.”

Whoopi Goldberg addressed the crowds of women in Manhattan, New York, on Saturday
Whoopi Goldberg addressed the crowds of women in Manhattan, New York, on Saturday
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Paris Jackson was among the famous faces to speak to the crowds on Saturday
Paris Jackson was among the famous faces to speak to the crowds on Saturday
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Nicole Richie speaks onstage at 2018 Women's March in Los Angeles
Nicole Richie speaks onstage at 2018 Women’s March in Los Angeles
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Idina Menzel performs onstage for the huge crowd at the LA Women's March
Idina Menzel performs onstage for the huge crowd at the LA Women’s March
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Scarlett Johansson was supported by fellow actress Mila Kunis on stage as she held her microphone
Scarlett Johansson was supported by fellow actress Mila Kunis on stage as she held her microphone
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The Black Swan actress went on to call for a world in which women can express their sexuality and “desire” without feeling physically unsafe.

She was joined by dozens of celebrities who took part in Women’s Marches around the world on the anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Portman was joined in LA by Scarlett Johansson and, Eva Longoria, while Chloe Moretz and Jane Fonda marched in Park City, Utah, and Whoppi Goldberg and Amy Schumer joined women in New York.

Longoria, who starred in TV’s “Desperate Housewives,” told marchers their presence matters, “especially when those in power seem to have turned their backs on reason and justice.”

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Thousands of protesters took to the streets on the anniversary of Trumps inauguration
Thousands of protesters took to the streets on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration
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Left wing activists took to the streets of US cities in protest at the Presidents election
Left wing activists took to the streets of US cities in protest at the President’s election
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Activists branded Trump a narcissist amongst other slurs painted on cardboard
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The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches created solidarity for those opposing Trump’s views, words and actions.

Millions of people around the world marched during last year’s rallies, and many on Saturday talked about the news avalanche of politics and gender issues in the past year.

Critics of the weekend’s marches said the demonstrations were really a protest against Trump and more rallies were planned at other cities on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Trump on Saturday tweeted that it was a “perfect day” for women to march to celebrate the “economic success and wealth creation” that’s happened during his first year in office.

These pussy hatted protesters used Princess Leia from Star Wars to make their point
These pussy hatted protesters used Princess Leia from Star Wars to make their point
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This Seattle Seahawks fan had her jersey emblazoned with Impeach 45 in referring to Trump being the 45th President
This Seattle Seahawks fan had her jersey emblazoned with Impeach 45 in referring to Trump being the 45th President
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These ladies carried a large picture of the female reproductive system to vent their annoyance with the government
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“Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months,” the Republican wrote. “Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”

But demonstrators on Saturday denounced Trump’s views with colourful signs and even saltier language.

Oklahoma City protesters chanted “We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter!” One woman donned a T-shirt with the likeness of social justice icon Woody Guthrie, who wrote “This Land Is Your Land.”


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