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Nicole Kidman shocked by scale of the Hollywood sex scandal

The actress also admitted to being shocked by the allegations made against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Actress Nicole Kidman. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman has confessed she was shocked by the scale of the Hollywood sex scandal.

The 51-year-old actress - who is one of the best-paid stars in the movie business - has admitted to being ignorant about the issue and being "embarrassed" by her own child-like outlook earlier in her career.

Asked whether the stories of sexual abuse and harassment came as a surprise to her, Kidman - who was previously married to American star Tom Cruise - shared: "Oh it was surprising, definitely, that it was happening right there. And perhaps more so for me, I think, in that I grew up protected from it.

"I had to navigate certain things. But I was married at 22. Really young.

"And before that, I was a kid on set - from 14 on I had a parent or a chaperone with me, watching like a hawk. And in some ways, I was still a child when I came out of my marriage - the marriage I am going to shut up about!

"I didn't have the full grown-up approach to life when I came out of it. I was still very childlike. Which I was embarrassed by."

Kidman also admitted to being shocked by the allegations made against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The actress - who worked with Weinstein's studios half a dozen times during her career - told the Observer newspaper: "I always knew Harvey had a lot of anger. But I would never have thought he was capable of the rest.

"My parts with Harvey were quite limited. I would work and I would go home because again I have been in a marriage and with young children pretty much my whole adult life.

"I am unusual in that I have never really been a party girl. I have certainly got friends who have experienced this, not just in this industry but in all industries. But still, it was a massive eye-opener."

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