Naomie Harris won’t name groper as she doesn’t want #MeToo story ‘hijacked’

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Naomie Harris will never name the movie star who groped her as a young actress, because she doesn’t want her “whole narrative to be hijacked by one person’s name”.

The 43-year-old actress revealed during an interview with Britain’s The Guardian newspaper earlier this year that she was molested by a famous actor when she was in her twenties, with the A-lister allegedly putting his hand up her skirt while the film’s director and casting director looked on.

Hordes of stars have come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo movement, with many of them choosing to name the offenders, but Naomie told U.S. TV show Extra that she won’t be identifying the man who groped her.

“I would never do that. It’s not about that person,” she insisted. “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.”

Naomie added that she made the decision to tell her tale when she did because she felt 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”.

Moreover, such incidents had become the norm when Black and Blue star Naomie was first making a name for herself in Hollywood, as she remembered: “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.”

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