May 30, 2014 7:57 am

Charlize Theron compares press attention to ‘rape’

Charlize Theron, pictured on May 27, 2014.

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TORONTO — Actress Charlize Theron has compared the attention she receives as a celebrity to being sexual assaulted.

During an interview with Sky News to promote the comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, the star was asked if she ever Googles herself.

“I don’t do that, so that’s my saving grace,” Theron replied. “When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start I guess feeling raped.”

Asked if she really felt this strongly about the public scrutiny, Theron said: “Well, you know, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe that’s just me.”

Theron, who won an Oscar in 2003 for Monster, announced in 2012 she had adopted a son.

Theron’s comments got reaction on social media.

In the interview with Sky News, Theron acknowledged she is grateful for her career. “But it does not mean that every aspect of my life all of a sudden becomes fodder for an article.”

In 2010, actress Kristen Stewart apologized after comparing seeing photos of herself to “looking at someone being raped.”

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