Actress Emma Thompson tells of her horror after revealing daughter Gaia, 18, was sexually assaulted last year on the London Underground and even blamed HERSELF afterwards
- Emma Thompson has spoken out after her daughter was targeted by a sex pest
- Gaia Wise, then 17, was attacked on the London Underground last year
- The 59-year-old said the incident made her daughter feel ‘very nervous’
- The Oscar-winning actress has been very vocal about the Hollywood sex abuse scandal
Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson has spoken out after her teenage daughter was sexually assaulted on public transport.
Gaia Wise, then 17, was on the London Underground, when she was targeted by an abuser last year.
Dame Emma Thompson told the Daily Express: ‘My daughter had the experience of being felt up on the Tube and felt very nervous about going out on the tube afterwards.
She added women tended to blame themselves for not standing up to abusers and that her daughter had been no exception.
Emma Thompson with her daughter Gaia at the Standard British Film awards in February 2016. Dame Thompson has spoken out after her daughter was attacked on public transport
Emma Thompson at the ‘The Children Act’ Premiere in London on August 16 this year. She has been very vocal about the Hollywood sex scandal
The 59-year-old added: ‘She said the thing that upset her most was not the act itself but the fact that she felt cowed enough by it not to call him out.
‘And I think that what we suffer as women most from our shame at not being able to say ‘Why are you doing this?’
‘We’re so shocked and undermined by these actions that we can’t turn around and take the action that we want and that’s the thing that sits with us and sticks with us.
‘Which is so unjust.’
The 59-year old has been very vocal about sex abuse in Hollywood, she previously said behavior in the industry is ‘endemic to the system,’ and something she has experienced with ‘many’ other men in similar positions over the years.
Asked if there were other abusers in Hollywood, she said: ‘Of course, many, many…I spent my 20s trying to keep old men’s tongues out of my mouth.’
Dame Emma is set to star in new film The Children Act which is about a child who refuses to have a blood transfusion for religious reasons.
She is married to actor Greg Wise, 52.
Emma Thompson and daughter Gaia Wise at the ‘Alone in Berlin’ premiere at the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany on February 15, 2016
Dame Emma Thompson is set to star in new film The Children Act which is about a child who refuses to have a blood transfusion for religious reasons