Lana Wood: Natalie Wood was sexually assaulted as a teen

Natalie Wood was raped by a powerful Hollywood figure during an “interview” that went on “for hours” inside the famed Chateau Marmont Hotel, the tragic actress’ sister claims in a shocking new interview.

These never-before-heard details about one of the most infamous moments in Tinseltown history are only now revealed in the second chapter of a blockbuster new podcast series “Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood.”

In a world exclusive, Natalie’s sister Lana breaks her long-held silence on what she recalled occurred on that terrible day when her beloved sibling was only 16 years old.

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American actress Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), star of the musical film 'West Side Story', December 1960. (Photo by Ernst Haas/Getty Images)
Actors Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood meeting. (Photo By John Dominis/The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images)
Natalie Wood (1938-1981), US actress, wearing a white beaded necklace and a sleeveless black and white dress, reclining with a black bow in her hair, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Former child actress, American film star Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1960: Former child actress, American film star Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981). (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
Portrait of American actress Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) as she sits on a sofa and looks over her shoulder, late 1960s. (Photo by Tim Boxer/Getty Images)
Promotional portrait of American actors Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) in their film 'Splendor in the Grass' (directed by Elia Kazan), 1961. (Photo by Eliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Head and shoulders photograph of Natalie Wood who plays Maria in the 1961 United Artists film, West Side Story. Movie still.
American actors Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) at a formal event, circa 1961. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Actoress Natalie Wood at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Promotional shot of actress Natalie Wood, as she appears in the movie 'Gypsy', 1962. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Actress Natalie Wood sexily lounging on deck of sail boat. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Steve McQueen w. actress Natalie Wood. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 8/1/1964-A smiling Natalie Wood, garbed in turn-of-the-century fashion, plays a free-wheeling reporter who battles for women's rights and covers 'The Great Race' for the New York Sentinel.
American actress Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), circa 1964. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Tony Curtis enamored with Natalie Wood in a scene from the film 'Sex And the Single Girl', 1964. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Actress Natalie Wood smoking a cigar at a charity dinner in aid of Cedars Sinai Medical Centre, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, circa 1965. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Natalie Wood apparently topless at a photo shoot in London, 1965. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
circa 1965: American actor Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) wearing a coat with a fur trimmed hood. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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“We drove her up to the Chateau Marmont and my mother and I sat in the cars for hours, to the point where I went to sleep, and that was the interview where Natalie was raped,” Lana told a team of investigative journalists led by the podcast series’ host, Dylan Howard.

“I was asleep in the backseat and I just remembered it was not a happy ride home. I thought I heard Natalie and my mom talking heatedly in undertones.”

The 12-part audio documentary, now available on iTunes, charts Natalie’s meteoric rise from child star to red carpet royalty, and exposes chilling new evidence proving she was, in fact, murdered.

But long before Natalie mysteriously vanished from her and husband Robert “R.J.” Wagner’s yacht Splendour on the night of November 28, 1981, the tie to her tragic life had already seemingly been cast.

In exclusive interviews with Hollywood insiders, Howard and his team paint a disturbing portrait of Natalie’s early life as a child actress — and the unspeakable sacrifices made to ensure her fame and fortune.

In one incident, Lana recalled how their Hollywood-obsessed mother, Maria, “ripped apart” a butterfly in order to coax her sister, then only 8 years old, to tears to satisfy the demands of her Tomorrow Is Forever director Irving Pichel.

But Maria’s willingness to trade Natalie’s well-being in favor of stardom would only continue in the years to come.

Speaking of an incident that has long dwelled in the murky and rarely-spoken-of depths of Hollywood lore, Dr. Cynthia Lucia told “Fatal Voyage”: “The rape of Natalie Wood was, from what I’ve understood, quite brutal and quite violent.”

The professor of English and Director of Film & Media Studies at Rider University, as well as author of Natalie Wood: Her Life and Her Legacy, then added, “She was fearful and I think she was correct that her career, in that day and age, would have been ruined, had she reported it. It must have been a very, very difficult thing for her.”

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Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood together through the years
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Actress Natalie Wood with her husband, actor Robert Wagner.
American actor Robert Wagner and his wife actress Nathalie Wood. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Natalie Wood and husband, actor Robert Wagner, at London Airport in 1976. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) The El Morocco. New York City: Actress Natalie Wood and actor Robert Wagner.
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) leave the church holding hands just after their wedding, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 28, 1957. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images)
circa 1958: American actors Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), wearing a black evening gown with long gloves and a white fur wrap, and Robert Wagner, wearing a tuxedo with a white opera scarf. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1958: Actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner attend an event in 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/ Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Married American actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), circa 1958. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
(Eingeschr�kte Rechte f�r bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) Wood, Natalie *20.07.1938-29.11.1981+ (Eigentlich Natalia Nikolaiewna Zacharenko) Schauspielerin, USA - mit ihrem Mann Robert Wagner - 1958 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Enjoying a tete-a-tete in an outdoor phone booth outside Penn Station, recently wed screen stars Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood are shown here. The couple was visiting Manhattan the first time since their marriage at Scottsdale, Az. on December 28, 1957.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wagner (she's Natalie Wood) arrive at Penn Station from Miami. They're here to see Bob's new movie, 'In Love and War.' (Photo By: Art Whittaker/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 23: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood back stage of 'The Jack Benny Program.' Image dated January 23, 1960. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Robert Wagner, US actor, and his wife, Natalie Wood (1938-1981), US actress, with a small dog, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actors Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), circa 1970. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Wagner with his actress wife Natalie Wood at the time of their second marriage. Original Publication: People Disc - HM0378 (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Wagner with his former wife American actress Natalie Wood, 23rd April 1972. (Photo by Chris Wood/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner following their reconciliation, Britain, April 24th 1972. (Photo by Roger Jackson/Central Press/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during 45th Academy Award Rehearsals at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MALIBU, UNITED STATES - AUGUST: Actress Natalie Wood and husband actor Robert Wagner at home with daughter during August 1973 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Sandy KAPLAN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, arriving at the premiere of the film 'The Godfather', London, August 24th 1972. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during 16th Annual International Broadcasting Awards at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actors Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) at the 29th Cannes Film Festival, May 1976. (Photo by RDA/Getty Images)
Actor Robert Wagner and actress wife Natalie Wood arriving in London en route for the South of France for a short holiday before returning to London next month to make TV production of the Tennessee Williams play 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' for Granada, 24th April 1976. (Photo by Dennis Stone/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Wagner and his actress wife Natalie Wood at Heathrow Airport in London before leaving to present the prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner in London, July 1st 1976. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NBC MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES -- 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Wood as Maggie, Robert Wagner as Brick -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
Film actor Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood arrived at Heathrow Airport from Los Angeles with their children Courtney (2) and Natasha (5). Courtney was carrying a doll called 'Curious George.' They were met by Lord Olivier and are here to make a Granada TV production with him of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .' 19th May 1976. (Photo by Victor Crawshaw/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner during 5th Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award - Salute to Bette Davis at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner, Ehefrau Natalie Wood, Dreharbeiten zur US-TV-Serie 'Switch', Hollywood, Los Angeles, Kalifornien, USA, Nordamerika, SW, schwarz-weiss-Foto, Dreh, Bett, Ehemann, Schauspieler, Schauspielerin, NB/BB, 01.08.1978; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner, Ehefrau Natalie Wood, neben den Dreharbeiten zur US-TV-Serie 'Switch', Hollywood, Los Angeles, Kalifornien, USA, Nordamerika, Dreh-Pause, Wohnmobil, Wohnwagen, Auto, Becher Kaffee, in den Arm nehmen, Ehemann, Schauspieler, Schauspielerin, NB/BB, 01.08.1978; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Laurence Olivier, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner during 'A Little Romance' World Premiere Filmex Opening Honoring Laurence Olivier in Century City, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood Sighting at a Beverly Hills Restaurant - June 1, 1977 at Beverly Hills Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - 1980: Actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner outside La Scala restaurant in 1980 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
circa 1980: Married American actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner attending a formal event. Wood is wearing a blue dress with powder-blue sheer sleeves and a floral top. Wagner is wearing a black tuxedo. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during 'Hart to Hart' Wrap Party - April 9, 1980 at Chey Moi in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, and Daughters Katie Wagner, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Courtney Wagner (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - CIRCA 1981: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood circa 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bret Lundberg/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Explained Lana in “Fatal Voyage”: “Many, many years later and there again Natalie only alluded to the fact that something bad had happened and in a way blamed my mom for being too eager for Natalie to get roles.”

“I mean, it was something that Natalie went through in trying to come to terms with, you know, such a horrendous thing, particularly being that young.”

“There again, it’s not something that my mom would pursue because you don’t want to make that big star angry,” Lana continued.

“You don’t want the studio knowing that this occurred. She would never have said anything to authorities or anyone.”

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