Kirk Douglas: “The actor sexually assaulted my sister Natalie Wood when she was a teenager”

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For decades, it was one of the darkest rumors in Hollywood: The teenager Natalie Wood She was sexually assaulted by a top movie star in her late teens when she met him at a hotel in Los Angeles.

In memoirs to be released next week, Wood’s younger sister, Lana, identifies the long-suspected perpetrator: Kirk Douglas.

“I remember Natalie looking particularly beautiful when Mom and I left her that night at the entrance to Chateau Marmont,” Lana Wood wrote in “Little Sister: My Investigation into the Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood,” claiming that the incident happened. in the summer of 1955, when Natalie Wood was shooting “The Searchers”.

The meeting was arranged by their mother, Maria Zakharenko, who thought that “many doors can be opened for her, just with a nod of the famous, beautiful actress”, according to Lana Wood.

“Lana hurt me”

“It seemed like a long time before Natalie got back in the car and woke me up when she slammed the door,” she wrote. “It simply came to our notice then. She was very sloppy and very upset, and she and Mom urgently started whispering to each other. I could not hear them or understand what they were saying. “Something bad had obviously happened to my sister, but whatever it was, I was obviously too young to be told.”

According to Lana Wood, Natalie’s sister did not discuss with her what happened until they became both adults and Natalie, after describing that she was brought to Douglas’ suite, told her sister: “Lana hurt me.”

“I was terrified, I was confused,” Lana Wood recalls. Lana, now 75, was around 8 when the alleged incident happened and she remembered her sister and their mother agreeing that it would ruin Natalie’s career if they publicly accused him.

Actor Kirk Douglas

What was the response of Kirk Douglas’ son, Michael?

“Swallow it” was the advice of Maria’s mother, according to “Little Sister”, most of which focuses on the death of Natalie Wood in 1981, when her body was found off the island of Catalina in California. Authorities initially thought the death was an accidental drowning, but that changed after years of examination and the appearance of more witnesses. Wood’s husband at the time, Robert Wagner, was considered a man of interest, and Lana Wood is among those responsible for her death..

Actress Natalie Wood

In her book, she recalls promising to her sister that she would not discuss Douglas’s attack on her, but rumors were so widespread that when she died in 2020, at the age of 103, Natalie Wood’s name became a trend along with his own on Twitter.

“With no one close to me to protect him, I am sure he will forgive me for finally breaking that promise,” he wrote.

Douglas’s son, actor Michael Douglas, said in a statement issued through his public relations office: “May they both rest in peace».

Michael Douglas and Kathryn Zeta-Jones kiss Kirk Douglas

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