Charlize Theron says she named director who sexually harassed her, but outlet failed to print it

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Charlize Theron arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast Gala on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Charlize Theron has said that she named a famous director who she claims had sexually harassed her during an interview with a newspaper.

However, the outlet failed to publish it.

Speaking to NPR, she said: “I actually did disclose his name.

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“You don’t know that because every time I disclosed his name, the journalist made the decision to not write his name, and it goes to show just how deeply systemic this problem is.

“I remember the first time somebody asked me if I ever had a casting couch experience, and I openly shared the experience and named him, and the person decided to not write his name. So the story is out, and strangely, when the Harvey Weinstein story broke, I, for the first time ever, Googled the story and the story came up everywhere.

Theron with Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell (Credit: Lionsgate)

“It popped up everywhere, and nowhere could you find this guy’s name. And it was incredibly upsetting to me.”

Theron added that she will reveal the director's name again in the future, but that she didn't want the naming to overshadow the message of her current project, her starring in the movie Bombshell, about the Roger Ailes sex scandal at Fox News.

“I think there will be a time and a place where I will definitely share this,” she went on.

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“I’ve always been honest about it. I don’t have a desire to protect him, but I also don’t want him to overshadow this film right now. So there will be a right time where I will talk about this again, and I will say his name, yes.”

In the same interview, Theron also spoke about her abusive father, who was killed by her mother when she was a teenager after he tried to shoot both of them in a drunken rage in 1991.

“This family violence, this kind of violence that happens within the family, is something that I share with a lot of people.

“I'm not ashamed to talk about it, because I do think that the more we talk about these things, the more we realise we are not alone in any of it,” she said.