Why Natalie Wood’s sister chose to reveal Kirk Douglas sex assault claim – New York Post

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The #MeToo movement helped Lana Wood speak the truth about her late older sister Natalie Wood’s alleged sexual assault by actor Kirk Douglas in 1955.

Lana, 75, dropped the bombshell news in her memoir “Little Sister: My Investigation into the Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood,” which hit bookshelves Nov. 9, and is now revealing why she chose to come forward with the allegations so many years later.

The former Bond girl told Fox News that it was “hard” to speak up before Douglas’ death last year at 103. She admitted that the #MeToo movement helped her advocate for her late sister’s legacy.

“That’s a terrible thing to have the courage to come out with,” Lana said. “It was really uncomfortable. And I’ve never said anything about it until now.”

She said the “strength” within the movement was a great source of motivation to reveal the sordid tale, which allegedly occurred in the summer of 1955 at Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmont.

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Natalie Wood photographed in 1955.
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“But with the #MeToo movement, I felt that women are getting the strength,” she said. “They’re finding the strength to say something. But, you’ve got to understand why it wasn’t easy to say anything before. Whenever anybody came forward with a story about anybody, the first question that they’re asked is ‘why did you wait so long?’ Why are you saying something now?’ “

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Douglas was in his late 30s at the time of the alleged incident.
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The “Peyton Place” actress continued, “[Sexual assault] a horrible thing to admit. It’s terrible. It’s not anything I’ve ever wanted to admit, but there were so many rumors and untruths about my sister.”

She also said the alleged incident was long-rumored in Hollywood, which caused her further grief as she dealt with the loss of Natalie, who tragically died in 1981.

“I would get messages from [reporters] saying, ‘Can’t you tell us who it was?’ I always said no. But I wanted to have my sister’s back,” she said. “No one was taking care of her with the truth. And I know she would have done the same for me. She was very protective of her family. I wanted to fight for her name.”

Lana wrote in her book that the supposed incident took place around the time Natalie was shooting “The Searchers.”

Their mother, Maria Zakharenko, set up a meeting with Douglas and Natalie in hopes that “many doors might be thrown open for her, with just a nod of his famous, handsome head on her behalf.” The “Spartacus” star was in his late 30s at the time while the “West Side Story” actress was only about 17.

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“I remember that Natalie looked especially beautiful when Mom and I dropped her off that night at the Chateau Marmont entrance,” Lana wrote in her book.
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“I remember that Natalie looked especially beautiful when Mom and I dropped her off that night at the Chateau Marmont entrance,” Lana penned in her book. “It seemed like a long time passed before Natalie got back into the car and woke me up when she slammed the door shut.”

She recalled, “She looked awful. She was very disheveled and very upset, and she and Mom started urgently whispering to each other. I couldn’t really hear them or make out what they were saying. Something bad had apparently happened to my sister, but whatever it was, I was apparently too young to be told about it.”

Soon after the alleged sexual assault, Natalie and her mother agreed to never publicly accuse Douglas so it wouldn’t destroy his career, Lana claimed.

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