Natalie Portman share 'sexual terrorism' experience at Los Angeles Women's March

Oscar victor Natalie Portman has revealed harrowing experiences of sexual harassment she says she endured as a child actress, and condemned Hollywood's culture of "sexual terrorism", as she leant her voice to hundreds of thousands protesting across the globe during the second annual Women's March.

"At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me", Portman went on to say. Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews. "I wanted to cover my body and to restrain my appearance and my work so as to send my own particular message to the world that I'm somebody deserving of security and regard".

She said that to control her behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism, the response to her expression, the small comments about her body and the threatening intentional statements served it.

Portman, one of the actors behind the Time's Up initiative combatting sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood and other industries, said she experienced sexual harassment at the age of 13 when her first film, 1994's Léon: The Professional, came out.

Portman said she chose to combat this by building a reputation as a "prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious" actress.

Scarlett Johansson, Viola Davis, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were among those who rallied the thousands of people who took to downtown Los Angeles to march in protest of President Donald Trump and to call attention the #MeToo movement, pledging to continue to resist Trump's policies.

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The protests were held on the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration as president of the US and several of the marchers held signs criticizing the former reality TV star.

Portman said that she started rejecting roles that placed her in sexual situations in order to stay safe from men's objectification of her body that also included kissing scenes.

"I think right now with the #MeToo movement, it's even more important to stand for our rights", said Karen Tordivo, who marched in Cleveland with her husband and 6-year-old daughter.

Flanked by Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and Constance Wu, the mother-of-two recounted her experience. Melanie Hunter, an African- American woman from Koreatown, told City News Service while wearing a shirt that read, "Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic when you can just be quiet?"

In Palm Beach, Florida, home to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, several hundred people gathered carrying anti-Trump signs before marching.

Thousands of protesters poured onto cities across the United States and beyond to call for equal rights for women and condemn misogyny and racism.

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