Karla Souza Alleges She Was Raped by a Director in Mexico

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Karla Souza has spoken out a few sustained marketing campaign of sexual harassment and assault she allegedly sustained by the hands of a director.

Souza, 32, advised CNN en Español Tuesday that she was raped by a director early in her profession.

Talking to Carmen Aristegui, Souza, who now stars as Laurel Castillo in ABC’s How one can Get Away with Homicide, stated she was assaulted by the director whereas filming on location in her native Mexico. She declined to call the director.

The actress stated she had been separated from fellow castmates as she was staying at a separate lodge the place solely she and the director had rooms. She claims he then began to drop by at odd hours.

“He knocked at my door saying he wished to go over some scenes and I assumed it’s 2 a.m., it’s not acceptable and it’s one thing that shouldn’t be taking place,” she stated.

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Souza claimed the director knocked on her door once more, however when she refused to open it, he “determined to not shoot my scene after which he immediately began to humiliate me in entrance of the others on the set.”

“This was the psychological management that he held over me,” she added.

Souza stated that after a month of bearing the brunt of the director’s “whole abuse of energy” she felt she had no alternative however to “give in”.

 

“I ended up giving in to him. [I let him] kiss me, to the touch me in methods I didn’t need him to the touch me and in a type of cases, he attacked me violently and sure, he raped me,” she stated, wiping away tears.

Souza’s consultant didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.

To donate to the Time’s Up Authorized Protection Fund, which can present backed authorized assist to ladies and men in all industries who’ve skilled sexual harassment, assault, or abuse within the office, go to its GoFundMe web page. Study extra about Time’s Up, a corporation of girls in leisure combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its web site.

A number of women and men have spoken out about their experiences with sexual harassment and sexual assault in Hollywood for the reason that New York Occasions and the New Yorker printed articles detailing a sample of alleged abuse by famed producer Harvey Weinstein.

A spokesperson for Weinstein beforehand advised PEOPLE in a press release that “any allegations of non-consensual intercourse are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has additional confirmed that there have been by no means any acts of retaliation in opposition to any ladies for refusing his advances.”

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