Reese Witherspoon: My disgust at director who abused me aged 16

The Legally Blonde actress, 41, spoke up at a Hollywood event, saying the attack was the first – but not the last – she has had to endure.

She also hit out at the agents and producers around her at the time “who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment”.

Witherspoon is the latest in a long line of movie and pop stars – and members of the public – to share their stories of abuse in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

The actress said she was just 16 and starting out on her career when she was attacked by the unnamed man.

Witherspoon said: “[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old – and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment. I wish I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career but sadly it wasn’t.

“I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault and I don’t speak about them very often.”

She said she only broke her silence after hearing stories of other “brave women”.

The actress urged others to go public, as admitting the truth will allow them to “heal”.

Meanwhile, another A-lister – Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence – has spoken about her experiences when she was starting out in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winner revealed she was forced to participate in a naked “degrading and humiliating” line-up when she began her acting career.

She was also told to lose weight and claims a male film executive made an explicit comment to her.

The 27-year-old star said she was told to “lose 15lb” in two weeks when she was “much younger and starting out” in the film industry.

She said: “One girl before me had already been fired for not losing enough weight fast enough.

“And, during this time, a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much thinner than me. We all stood side-by-side with only pasteons covering our privates.

“After that degrading lineup the female producer said I should use the naked photos as inspiration for my diet.

“I asked to speak to a producer about the unrealistic diet regime and he responded by saying he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat. He thought I was perfectly ‘****able’.”

Lawrence said she did not want to be a “whistleblower” and added that it was only after being cast in the Hunger Games that she had “the power to say no”.

Meanwhile, ex-Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones, 33 – who has claimed the band was more “prostitution ring” than pop group – says a record executive assaulted her in his limousine after offering her a lift to the airport.

She said: “Within seconds he jumped on me. I literally had to fight him off all the way to the airport.”

Welsh movie star Catherine Zeta-Jones, 48, said: “I hope the fall from grace that [Weinstein] has had is a lesson to all those who have questioned if this behaviour is acceptable.”

Three women have alleged that Weinstein raped them – claims he vehemently denies.