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Keira Knightley: 'Every woman I know has been sexually harassed'


British actress Keira Knightly has spoken out about the widespread issue of sexual harassment in modern society, commenting that, from groping to being flashed in public “everybody” has been sexually harassed in some way. 

Describing the situation as “fucking depressing”, the 36-year-old noted during a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine that “It was when women started listing all the precautions they take when they walk home to make sure they’re safe, and I thought, ‘I do every single one of them, and I don’t even think about it’”.

Her strong words come four years after the infamous sexual assault scandal against former producer and now convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein, and join the voices of the ongoing #MeToo movement which aims to end sexual harassment and abuse. Knightly’s discomfort on set has been previously discussed with The Guardian, where she stated her annoyance that female characters are expected to be either ‘flirty or maternal’. Speaking in January, the actress said: “If I was making a story that was about that journey of motherhood and body acceptance, I feel like, I’m sorry, but that would have to be with a female filmmaker”. 

With two children, Knightly also discussed her difficulty coping through lockdown, as well as her perseverance to make every day a significant one, even under quarantine. Talking to Harper’s Bazaar, she commented: “I thought, ‘What is the point of these lovely things sitting in the wardrobe when it feels quite apocalyptic and scary outside?’ It felt so important to be really happy for the kids.”

This led her, and her husband James Righton, a former member of the band The Klaxons to make an occasion of their garden adventures, putting on ‘dresses’ ‘red lipstick’ and ‘Chanel’ whenever they were on the outdoor trampoline. 

Restricted by the Coronavirus pandemic, Knightly’s last film was 2020’s Misbehaviour, though is scheduled to appear in Camille Griffin’s family fiasco comedy Silent Night later this year.