Thandie Newton Opens Up About Teenage Relationship With Director

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Sorry you creep you out so late in the day, but you’re going to want to clap those hands over you/your kids’ eyes when hear about Thandie Newton’s teen affair with John Duigan, director of Newton’s first film. While Newton co-starred in the teen drama Flirting with a young Nicole Kidman, Duigan cajoled the 16-year-old actress into a relationship, despite the fact that he was 23 years older than her at the time and that is barftastic. “I was a very shy, very sweet girl. I wasn’t in control of the situation,” the Kung Fu Panda 2 star says now. “Would I have liked things to be different? Sure, but I can now value myself more for the way I got through it. I don’t see myself as a victim.”

Thandie didn’t tell her parents about the relationship at the time, but later pursued therapy to help her deal with the unwanted relationship. “In retrospect, although it was legal because I was 16, I was coerced.” Newton has said in a previous interview, explaining now that “Part of me feels grateful I can accept the difficulties that came with that situation and be a more compassionate person myself.” Not that we ever, ever would have watched Flirting for any foreseeable reason, but we definitely aren’t going to watch it now.