Naomie Harris has revealed that she will never name the A-list actor who sexually assaulted her during an audition in her mid-20s.
Speaking on the US TV show Extra, the British actress, 43, confessed that her reason to not identify the actor in question was because she didn’t want her ‘whole narrative to be hijacked by one person’s name.’
Furthermore, the Skyfall star added that she has only just decided to speak about her experience because of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements – which has allowed many female actress’ to come forward to expose similar experiences they’ve had to endure.
‘Not defined by one person’: Naomie Harris, 43, has revealed that she will never name the A-list actor who sexually assaulted her during an audition in her mid-20s
Earlier this month, Naomie recalled the shocking moment she was sexually assaulted by a famous actor while the movie’s director and casting director failed to intervene because the actor ‘was and is a huge star’.
And speaking about it now further, Noamie was adamant that she would never release the actor’s name because she didn’t want to be connected with him.
Naomie told Extra: ‘I would never do that. It’s not about that person. I don’t want my whole narrative to be hijacked by one person’s name. I’m not defined by what one person did to me.
‘I don’t know how wide-reaching his abuse of power was. It was one incident that happened and thankfully it wasn’t scarring in any way. I got over it and lived to tell the tale.’
Candid: Speaking on the US show Extra, the actress confessed that her reason to not identify the actor was because she didn’t want her ‘narrative to be hijacked by one person’s name’
‘Real celebration’: Furthermore, the Skyfall star added that she has only just decided to speak about her experience because of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements
Naomie went onto cite some of today’s high-profile movements against sexual harassment to explain her reasoning as to why she came forward now with her horrifying experience.
‘It wasn’t a kind of decision where I was like, “Now, I’m going to share my story because I had hidden it for so long.”
‘It was a real celebration of the fact that I feel as though things have moved on so dramatically since when I first started in this industry. In my 20s, when that incident happened, I didn’t feel there was anybody I could tell about it.
‘I spoke to other actresses and my fellow actresses all experienced something of that kind. It was always expected. We were expected to kind of develop this resilience.
‘Now, I know the culture has completely changed … Consequences happen. I’m really excited about the change.’
Naomie initially made the shock confession in an interview with The Guardian newspaper, explaining: ‘I was in an audition and he put his hand up my skirt.
‘It was shocking’: Naomie initially made the shock confession in an interview with The Guardian newspaper
‘What was so shocking about it was the casting director was there and the director, and of course no one said anything at all because he was – he is – such a huge star.’
The candid remarks from the famously private star followed a 2017 interview with The Times in which she had said she had never experienced racism or sexism in the movie industry.
Harris also explained to the publication her belief that her Cambridge education has largely protected her from the misogyny faced by other female stars working in film.
The actress graduated from the prestigious university in 1998 with a degree in social and political sciences.
Young: The actress said the assault took place in front of the film’s director. Above: Harris aged 28 in 2004 film After The Sunset (there’s no suggestion the assault was linked to this film)
She added: ‘I think there is the immediate assumption that you have a brain. Which is not necessarily true if you go to Oxbridge, as I’ve discovered.’
The Bond star – who will return to the franchise next year alongside Daniel Craig in No Time To Die – also revealed she nearly quit acting following her Oscar-nominated portrayal of a crack addict in 2017 film Moonlight.
Harris explained she told her agent not to send her any further scripts because she was ‘completely burned out’ and ‘needed a break’.
The star even briefly considered opening a nail salon because she did not ‘want to be an actress any more’.
A month-long yoga and meditation retreat in India changed her mind and so she is set to star as the lead role in upcoming action thriller, Black and Blue.
Change: The Skyfall star’s latest interview comes after she warned fans to expect a radically different James Bond when the franchise returns (pictured with Daniel Craig in 2012)
Her latest interview comes after Harris warned fans to expect a radically different James Bond when the franchise returns with its 25th instalment.
Reflecting on the new film, Naomie told GQ Hype earlier this week: ‘It’s a tie-up of Skyfall and Spectre. But with massive, massive surprises that even had me like, “Oh, wow!” So I think we’re going to really shock people.
‘I would say that he’s reconnected with his heart. We’re deﬁnitely seeing a Bond who’s more in touch with his feelings and more open to falling in love.’
The film brings to an end a five-year wait for more Bond, during which Craig’s future involvement in the franchise remained unresolved.
Brought to the brink: The Layer Cake star also revealed she nearly quit acting following her Oscar-nominated portrayal as a crack addict in 2017 film Moonlight (pictured)