Abuse Stories Keep Coming

Julianne Hough in FootlooseStories about the abuse of underage girls within the British media and arts circles seem to just keep coming. As the Jimmy Savile investigation continues, with Jim Davidson being the latest celebrity to be arrested on related charges, American film and TV star Julianne Hough says her time at a British dance school exposed her to abuse at a young age too.

The star of Footloose is a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, and the sister of fellow DWTS pro Derek Hough. The siblings spent some years in London in the late 90s, attending the world-famous Italia Conti Academy of Arts. Julianne says she was abused “mentally, physically, everything” during her time in this country: “I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer.” She says the adults made the most of the fact that she was not accompanied by her parents. “I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy façade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.” The abuse, which the dancer does not give details on, only got worse after she entered puberty. The full interview is in this month’s Cosmopolitan Magazine.

What a shame that these poor, innocent girls were preyed on in such a sinister manner without anyone reporting the perpetrators until now. The more scandal that is uncovered, the more the British media and arts industry becomes accountable for its failings. Julianne is currently using her experience as inspiration for a new film she is starring in. Safe Haven tells the story of a woman who survives an abusive relationship. The actress is quoted as saying that filming the movie has been one of the most therapeutic moments of her life.