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Natalie Portman Reveals She Experienced ‘sexual Terrorism’ At 13 After Fan Sent Her ‘rape Fantasy’ And Critics Discussed Her ‘budding Breasts’

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NATALIE Portman has revealed how she experienced “sexual terrorism” when she was 13 after a fan sent her a “rape fantasy” and critics discussed her “budding breasts”.

The Oscar-winning actress shared her traumatic experience as she addressed a crowd of thousands of women at the Los Angeles Women’s March on Saturday.

Getty Images – Getty Actress Natalie Portman addresses the crowd at the Women’s March in Los Angeles on Saturday

The 36-year-old told how she turned 12 on the set of her first film Leon: The Professional, where she played a young girl who befriended a hit man in hopes of avenging the murder of her parents.

When the movie was released a year later, she described feeling excited to open her first fan mail but was left horrified when she opened it to find a letter from a man who had written a “rape fantasy” about her.

She went on to tell the crowd: “A countdown was started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday, euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with.

“Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews. I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort.”

AP:Associated Press She was joined by Eva Longoria and Constance Wu as she retold her traumatic experience as a girl

Rex Features Portman is embraced on stage by American singer Rachel Platten

AP:Associated Press Eva Longoria also took to the podium to speak to the thousands of women who had come together to march on Saturday

AP:Associated Press Scarlett Johansson also took to the stage to speak to demonstrators on Saturday

She said from then on she had adjusted her personal and professional behaviour to avoid this happening, and even went as far rejecting roles with kissing scenes.

Portman would try to bolster her “bookish and serious” side and built a reputation as being “prudish, conservative, nerdy and serious”.

She said: “At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me. I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world that I’m someone worthy of safety and respect.

“The response to my expression, from small comments about my body to more deliberate statements, served to control my behaviour through an environment of sexual terrorism.”

Splash News Whoopi Goldberg addressed the crowds of women in Manhattan, New York, on Saturday

Getty Images – Getty Paris Jackson was among the famous faces to speak to the crowds on Saturday

Getty Images – Getty Nicole Richie speaks onstage at 2018 Women’s March in Los Angeles

Getty Images – Getty Idina Menzel performs onstage for the huge crowd at the LA Women’s March

AP:Associated Press Scarlett Johansson was supported by fellow actress Mila Kunis on stage as she held her microphone

The Black Swan actress went on to call for a world in which women can express their sexuality and “desire” without feeling physically unsafe.

She was joined by dozens of celebrities who took part in Women’s Marches around the world on the anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Portman was joined in LA by Scarlett Johansson and, Eva Longoria, while Chloe Moretz and Jane Fonda marched in Park City, Utah, and Whoppi Goldberg and Amy Schumer joined women in New York.

Longoria, who starred in TV’s “Desperate Housewives,” told marchers their presence matters, “especially when those in power seem to have turned their backs on reason and justice.”

Splash News A little girl carries a sign reading ‘Tweet hose as you want to be Tweeted’

Getty Images – Getty Thousands of protesters took to the streets on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration

AFP or licensors Left wing activists took to the streets of US cities in protest at the President’s election

Alamy Live News Activists branded Trump a narcissist amongst other slurs painted on cardboard

The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches created solidarity for those opposing Trump’s views, words and actions.

Millions of people around the world marched during last year’s rallies, and many on Saturday talked about the news avalanche of politics and gender issues in the past year.

Critics of the weekend’s marches said the demonstrations were really a protest against Trump and more rallies were planned at other cities on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Trump on Saturday tweeted that it was a “perfect day” for women to march to celebrate the “economic success and wealth creation” that’s happened during his first year in office.

Rex Features These pussy hatted protesters used Princess Leia from Star Wars to make their point

AP:Associated Press This Seattle Seahawks fan had her jersey emblazoned with Impeach 45 in referring to Trump being the 45th President

Getty Images – Getty These ladies carried a large picture of the female reproductive system to vent their annoyance with the government

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Greece-macedonia Name Row Edging Towards Solution Says Merkel

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BERLIN – Macedonia is closer than any time in the last decade to settling a long-standing dispute over its name with Greece which has thwarted Skopje’s ambitions to join NATO and the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

“I am very pleased and relieved that .. there is movement in the talks,” Merkel told reporters at a joint news conference with Macedonian Premier Zoran Zaev.

“In the last ten years, the solution has not been as close as now and it would be wonderful if the remaining difficulties can be bridged,” she said.

Greece objects to the former Yugoslav republic’s use of the name Macedonia, arguing that it could imply territorial claims over its own northern region of the same name.

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Kremlin Says Russian Defense Sector Fine Accuses Us Of Unfair Competition

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MOSCOW – The Kremlin said on Wednesday that “everything is fine” in the Russian defense sector, responding to an assertion by the U.S. State Department that sanctions had cost Russia $3 billion in lost defense contracts.

“I can just say that everything is fine, everything is fine,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a phone call with reporters on Wednesday.

Peskov said Russia was “trying to hedge risks related to instances of unfair competition on the part of the United States in the market of military-technical cooperation.”

Reporting by Max Rodionov; Writing by Polina Ivanova;

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Drought-hit Cape Town Dreads Day Zero When Taps Will Run Dry

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CAPE TOWN – A tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa’s main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded “Day Zero” when Cape Town’s taps are expected to run dry.

On Tuesday, the city of four million moved its estimate for “Day Zero” to July 9 from June 4 due to a decline in water usage, and after the Groenland farmers association also released 10 billion liters of water from their private reservoirs into the Steenbras storage dam.

South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicted southern and western regions, including Cape Town, which means the government could spend more money and resources to deal with the crisis.

Cape Town, which attracts about two million visitors each year, wants to become more resilient as the effects of climate change are felt, similar to other dry cities including Melbourne and California.

“We know that while we are going through a challenging time, we are building a world-class green economy that will be a beacon of hope for many places around,” said Tim Harris, chief executive for Wesgro, a regional trade and tourism agency.

A dried out wicket is seen at a cricket pitch in Cape Town, South Africa, February 11, 2018. Without water, the wickets are considered dangerous to players. All club and school cricket matches has been cancelled as the city attempts to avert a major water crisis. REUTERS/Mike HutchingsThe chronic drought is hurting visitor numbers and knocking a rare economic bright spot, officials said previously.

According to the South African Weather Service, two of the driest seasons ever recorded for the city since observations started in 1921 happened in the last three years: In 2015 when 549 mm (21 inches) fell and last year – the driest year on record – when annual rainfall totaled 499 mm.

Slideshow (13 Images)But, faced with severe water restrictions and punitive levies, residents of Cape Town have cut collective consumption by more than half in the last three years, as the city targets a daily consumption rate of no more than 450 million liters.

At the moment, restrictions make it compulsory for residents to use no more than 50 liters per person per day, as city officials look to see out the hot summer months into winter, when Cape Town usually gets rain.

“We must all keep doing absolutely everything in our power to reach the target set by the national department to reduce our urban usage by 45 percent,” said Ian Neilson, the deputy mayor.

Already hundreds of Cape Town residents are being forced to line up overnight to stock up on water in South Africa’s second largest economic hub and tourism attraction.

However, several desalination plants are planned and together with underground water reserves, are expected to help augment water sources well into the future.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf;

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