AceShowbiz - Charlize Theron has vowed to name and shame a famous director who sexually harassed her as a young actress after having a previous recollection of the tale censored in the press.
The "Monster" star claims she openly discussed her own experience with Hollywood's casting couch culture years ago, and identified the man who behaved inappropriately with her, but the reporters she spoke to at the time declined to print the filmmaker's name in their articles.
"I actually did disclose his name," she told NPR. "You don't know that because every time I disclosed his name, the journalist made the decision to not write his name, and it goes to show just how deeply systemic this problem is."
Theron reveals she tried to trace the story about her past in October, 2017, after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was outed as an alleged sexual predator - but she couldn't find the director's name printed in any of them.
"Strangely, when the Harvey Weinstein story broke, I, for the first time ever, Googled the story and the story came up everywhere," she recalled.
"It popped up everywhere, and nowhere could you find this guy's name. And it was incredibly upsetting to me."
Theron reveals she plans to out the mystery filmmaker in the near future, but she is hesitant to do so now as she doesn't want it to overshadow her new movie, "Bombshell", which revolves around the real-life female Fox News employees who exposed CEO Roger Ailes' sexual harassment.
The Oscar winner, who portrays TV newswoman Megyn Kelly in the project, explained, "(I'm) conflicted (in revealing the name now) in the sense that I know that, if I said his name again while I'm promoting this film, that it would take over the importance of this story and that would become the story."
"I think there will be a time and a place where I will definitely share this," she added. "I've always been honest about it. I don't have a desire to protect him, but I also don't want him to overshadow this film right now. So there will be a right time where I will talk about this again, and I will say his name, yes."
Theron's comments emerge months after she recounted having to escape an uncomfortable audition at a producer's home, where he greeted her while wearing his pyjamas, and then brushed off her attempts to read the script.
She managed to make a quick exit, but was "angry" with herself at failing to confront him about his behaviour there and then.
Theron, 44, didn't name the producer as she chatted to U.S. shockjock Howard Stern, but insisted he "was a very big deal and is still a big deal".