- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2014

South African-born actress Charlize Theron has waded into controversy for a recent interview in which she compared intrusive press coverage to rape.

Miss Theron told the U.K.’s Sky News that “every aspect” of her life has become fodder for the tabloids.

“I don’t (Google myself) - that’s my saving grace,” she said. “When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped.”

Asked if she meant to use such strong language, the actress said: “Well, when it comes to your son and your private life — maybe it’s just me.

“Some people might relish in all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them,” she told Sky News.

“I don’t always win that war but as long as I don’t have to see that stuff or read that stuff or hear that stuff then I can live with my head in a clear space, which is probably a lot healthier than living in that dark room.”

“I can’t be concerned about what some idiot is going to write online about my short skirt, I can only take responsibility for myself,” she added.

Miss Theron was in London to promote her new film, “A Million Ways To Die In The West,” starring “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, which opened on Friday.

Her comments come after actress Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines last week for comparing negative online attacks to fighting a war.

“You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it,” she told tech news website Re/Code. “You can make it as bloody as you want to, but is that the point?”

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