Susan Sarandon Talks Assault; 'Disgusting' Treatment As Young Actress

Susan Sarandon has been acting for more than four decades. She's won an Oscar, been nominated for five Emmys and is an outspoken social and political activist. But Sarandon recently revealed that she is also a survivor of sexual assault.

"It was not successful -- for either of us," Sarandon told Elle. "I just went into a room, and a guy practically threw me on the desk. It was my early days in New York, and it was really disgusting. It wasn't like I gave it a second thought, it was so badly done."

The actress wouldn't reveal what she was auditioning for in that instance.

In 2010, Sarandon launched a worldwide petition to lobby state governments for "Safe Harbor" laws that protect victims of sex trafficking. "I choose very carefully the groups I talk about," Sarandon told the Wall Street Journal at the time. "We need to put a face to this issue in order to take the problem from abstract to specific."

Sarandon stars in the upcoming "Cloud Atlas" (out Oct. 26) and recently told "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," "It's a wonderful movie about how everyone is connected. It's a major, major epic movie with epic ideas for grown ups."

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