How to Get Away with Murder actress Karla Souza has added her name to a long and ever-growing list of women who have been assaulted by men in the film industry.
Souza claims she was sexually assaulted by a filmmaker while in Mexico on a one-month shoot.
The 32-year-old actress explained in an interview with CNN en Espanol that the “total abuse of power” first started when the director began showing up at her hotel room at odd hours in the morning.
During the interview, Souza did not disclose the name of the director.
She explained that she was isolated from her other cast members as she and the director were the only ones to stay in that specific hotel.
"He knocked at my door saying he wanted to go over some scenes and I thought, 'It's 2 am, it's not appropriate and it's something that shouldn't be happening.'"
Souza said she refused to open the door but paid dearly for her actions the next day on set.
"The next day he decided not to shoot my scene and then he suddenly started to humiliate me in front of the others on the set. This was the psychological control that he held over me,” she explained.
According to Souza, it was after nearly a month of harassment that she opted to “give in” and was then “violently” attacked and sexually assaulted.
"I ended up giving in to him [to let him] kiss me, to touch me in ways I did not want him to touch me and in one of those instances, he attacked me violently and yes, he raped me," Souza said tearing up.
The actress, who plays the character Laurel Castillo in the legal drama, said she didn’t speak out at the time of the assault because she feared it would damage her career and reputation.
The Mexican actress is one of many celebrities to come forward with allegations of sexual assault, misconduct and harassment since the start of the #MeToo movement.