Reese Witherspoon emotionally recalls being sexually assaulted at 16, says this wasn't an 'isolated incident'

Reese Witherspoon bravely revealed that she too has been a victim of sexual harassment and assault.

After numerous women came forward this month alleging that they were sexually harassed and/or assaulted by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the 41-year-old Oscar winner recalled her own mistreatment as a young actress in Hollywood when giving an emotional speech at Elle's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration on Monday Night. 

“This has been a really hard week for women in Hollywood, for women all over the world, and a lot of situations and a lot of industries are forced to remember and relive a lot of ugly truths,” Witherspoon told the audience, which included her 18-year-old daughter, Ava Phillippe. “I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Riley Keough and Lisa Marie Presley arrive at ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Kristen Stewart attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Jennifer Lawrence attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Margot Robbie attend ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Jessica Chastain attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Reese Witherspoon attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Ava Phillippe attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Niecy Nash attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Laura Dern attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Laura Dern attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Alessandra Ambrosio arrives at ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Alessandra Ambrosio arrives at ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Vanessa Hudgens attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Julianne Hough attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Yara Shahidi attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Bellamy Young attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Nikki Reed attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Reese Witherspoon and Ava Phillipe attend ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Shonda Rhimes attend ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Julia Garner arrives at ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Ashley Greene arrives at ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Jamie King attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Tavi Gevinson attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Riley Keough arrives at ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Abigail Spencer arrives at ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Cindy Crawford attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Juliette Lewis attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Tessa Thompson attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Sabrina Carpenter attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Nina Dobrev attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Dee Rees attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Amy Landecker attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Cathy Schulman attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Lauren Everts attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Symphani Soto attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Lisa Joy attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Emily V. Gordon attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Lake Bell attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Matt McGorry attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Grace Van Patten attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: DeWanda Wise attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Jay Hernandez attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Sarah Williams and Joel McHale attend ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Jess Weixler attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Zoe Lister-Jones attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Lilly Singh attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Tracy Oliver attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Diane Ladd attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: STX Entertainment President Sophie Watts attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Karen David attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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The actress then revealed, "[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment."

While that was the first time Witherspoon remembers being sexually assaulted, she admitted that it wasn't the last. "I wish that I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly it wasn’t," she said. "I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault and I don’t speak about them very often."

Witherspoon was compelled to tell her story after so seeing so many recently women speaking out about their own painful experiences. 

"Hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight about things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not to talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I actually felt less alone this week than I have ever felt in my entire career," she expressed. "I have just spoken to so many actresses and writers, particularly women, who have had similar experiences and many of them have bravely gone public with their stories."

Witherspoon added, "That truth is very encouraging to me and everyone out there in the world because you can only heal by telling the truth."

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Reese Witherspoon (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
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Reese Witherspoon during ''Liar, Liar'' Los Angeles Premiere at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by S. Granitz/WireImage)
Reese Witherspoon during Cruel Intentions Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by S. Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 6: Reese Witherspoon attends The Hollywood Reporter's Women In Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast at Beverly Hills Hotel on December 6, 2005 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
383262 30: Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the premiere of USA Films'' 'Traffic' December 14, 2000 at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
Reese Witherspoon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Reese Witherspoon at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillippe (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillippe during The 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Actress and presenter Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 74th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 24, 2002 (Photo by Anacleto Rapping/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Reese Witherspoon attends the world premiere of Touchstone Pictures' 'Sweet Home Alabama' at the Chelsea West Cinema September 23, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair during The 2002 Teen Choice Awards - Seventeen Magazine - Backstage at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 28: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon arrive at the Hamptons World Premiere of 'Legally Blond 2 - Red, White & Blonde' June 28, 2003 at te United Artists Southampton Theater in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon during 'Legally Blonde 2 Red, White & Blonde' - Premiere, New York City - Outside Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23: Reese Witherspoon, 'Legally Blonde 2'Premiere After Party, The Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols, London (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon during special screening of 'Vanity Fair' at Clearview Chelsea West Cinema in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
Reese Witherspoon (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Reese Witherspoon during 'Just Like Heaven' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
Reese Witherspoon (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for 20th Century Fox Studios)
Reese Witherspoon during The 12th Annual Premiere Women in Hollywood at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Reese Witherspoon (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the premiere of 'Walk The Line' at the Beacon Theater November 13, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon during AFI Fest 2005 Opening Night Gala Presents 'Walk the Line' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Reese Witherspoon, winner Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Walk the Line' (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Reese Witherspoon during 2006 Teen Choice Awards - Press Room at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Reese Witherspoon during Children's Defense Fund's 16th Annual Los Angeles Beat the Odds Awards - Arrivals at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Reese Witherspoon (Photo by Steve Granitz Archive 1/WireImage)
Actress Reese Witherspoon visits the 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 6, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'How Do You Know' at the Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 03: Actress Reese Witherspoon backstage at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Reese Witherspoon is seen on December 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Reese Witherspoon is seen on January 09, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the release of 'Find It In Everything' at Chanel Boutique on January 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Reese Witherspoon is seen on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the pre-reception for the 'Wild' premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Shangri-La Hotel on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Actress/producer Reese Witherspoon attends the 52nd New York Film Festival Opening Night Gala Presentation and World Premiere Of 'Gone Girl' at Alice Tully Hall on September 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 12th Annual Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Actress Reese Witherspoon leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 03: Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala Presented By Cartier at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Nominee for Best Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Actress Reese Witherspoon is seen on June 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 30: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 7th Annual Produced By Conference at Paramount Studios on May 30, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BRENTWOOD, CA - JUNE 11: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends a celebration honoring Christian Louboutin and his new boutique hosted by James Rosenfield at The Brentwood Country Mart on June 11, 2015 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Christian Louboutin)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: Actress Reese Witherspoon is seen on July 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Actress Reese Witherspoon is seen on June 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends The Broad Museum's Inaugural Celebration at The Broad on September 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 09: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends Variety's Power Of Women Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 29th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Reese Witherspoon - Arrivals at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 29th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Reese Witherspoon at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Reese Witherspoon is seen on June 07, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG001/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 07: Actress Reese Witherspoon is seen on July 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 15: Reese Witherspoon is seen on August 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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The Big Little Lies star said she is "encouraged" that talking about sexual harassment and assault will create a "new normal."

"For the young women in this room, life is going to be different because we’re with you, we have your back and it makes me feel better," she declared. "It makes me so sad to talk about these issues, but I would be remiss not to."

Witherspoon isn't the only star to reveal she was a victim of sexual harassment as a teenager. Last week, Kate Beckinsale alleged on Instagram that she dodged Weinstein's sexual advances when she was 17. 

 

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