Karla Souza claims she was raped by a director

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 22, 2018

How to Get Away With Murder star Karla Souza has alleged that she was raped by a director in Mexico early in her career, sharing her story in an interview with CNN en Espanol on Tuesday.

Souza told CNN that she feared speaking about the incident because she didn't want to derail her burgeoning career.

Souza said that all her castmates on set were put up in one hotel, and that she was put up in a different one - the same one at which the director in question was staying.

Souza claimed that after she refused to let the director in, he took it out on her at work. But shortly after her revelation, Mexico's largest TV network, Televisa, announced it was cutting all ties with Gustavo Loza.

The actress referred to the experience as a "total abuse of power" as she went on to deal with his behaviour for a one-month-period before he eventually raped her.

"I ended up yielding to him to kiss me, to touch me in ways I did not want him to touch me", she claimed while wiping away tears.

"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".

The Televisa network said in a statement Wednesday that Loza's projects have been cancelled.

She told host Carmen Aristegui that she was raped during a shoot in her native Mexico but chose to not name the culprit.

The company wrote that "Televisa will not tolerate conduct like that described today".

After her fellow cast members were made aware of the director's interest in her, Souza said she was praised for "taming the wolf". In a separate statement Loza wrote, "Televisa can not take on the role of investigator, prosecutor, and much less judge, condemning me in the media, above all when the victim has never mentioned my name".

The star's claims come after the launch of the #MeToo movement, which has seen several Hollywood stars stand up against sexual harassment in the industry.

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