Reese Witherspoon was 16 when she was first sexually assaulted by a director, then further victimized by agents and producers "who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment. And I wish that I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly it wasn't," Witherspoon said during a speech at Elle's Women in Hollywood event Monday in Beverly Hills, per People

The 41-year-old said it was "hard to sleep, hard to think" over the past week as "multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault … have come back to me very vividly." But though she said she feels guilty for not speaking about those experiences sooner, she added, "I actually felt less alone this week than I have ever felt in my entire career."

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