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Reese Witherspooon's speech made Laura Dern realize she 'was sexually assaulted'

The American actress chose to talk about a amusing experience she had on set and while the she tried to remember the story, Degeneres played a photo of her from The Last Jedi. "I felt like I was 7 years old again".

Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres on her talkshow, the star revealed a new image showing Holdo appearing to hold conference with the Resistance.

Dern's mother, the actress Diane Ladd, also spoke about about being sexually assaulted as a young woman in Hollywood by former Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn, an infamous figure who made Hollywood's "casting couch" - a metaphor for the industry's systematic misogyny which required women to offer up their bodies for roles, as History Channel notes - an institutional practice.

"It was an extraordinary experience, perhaps more than ever, to have this shared space and a tribe of women and artists talking about this industry, and ultimately therefore talking about sexual harassment in the workplace". That was harassment. That was assault. "No, you were 14 then, you were-' And you realise how in our culture how we have justified and therefore even condoned behaviour as though it's the norm".

After listening to other women talk about their experiences with sexual misconduct in Hollywood, Dern was forced to realise that she too had encountered some of those same horrors. "And on camera, you hear me then going 'Pew-pew, pew-pew.' It's so embarrassing!"

It's sad, but very true.

Dern refused to go into details, but admitted she was "very moved" by the stories she heard at the Elle event, especially Witherspoon's.

Vice Admiral Holdo is one of the several new characters to join the Star Wars galaxy with The Last Jedi, including Benicio Del Toro's mysterious DJ and Kelly Marie Tran's Resistance mechanic Rose.

Commenting on the event, which was also attended by Jessica Chastain, Kathleen Kennedy and Margot Robbie, she continued: "The most exciting part is in moving forward, we talked about the forming of a commission, which Kathy Kennedy presented".

Dern said the idea is to create an environment where women can reach out, even anonymously, to say, "There is an abuse of power here and something is not OK".



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