The actress Zara Phythian, who is remembered for playing one of the villains of Doctor Strange in Marvel, has been accused of sexually abusing a minor; the accusations are also for her husband and film producer, Victor Marke. Both are currently under investigation for these allegations.
According to the BBC, the events occurred between 2005 and 2008 in the United Kingdom, so the victim in this case, who has decided to remain anonymous, would be between 13 and 15 years old. While Zara Phythian and Victor Marke would be around 21 and 43 years old, respectively; not to mention that, back then, the now married couple was not yet a couple.
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The young woman has shared with the Nottingham High Court of Justice that, at that time, the interpreter of Brunette Zealot in ‘Doctor Strange’, was recognized for being a martial arts instructor and being outstanding in the area. This discipline was what brought her closer to her and she became a great admirer of her physical work.
In turn, the victim stated that it was the interpreter who had “challenged” her to perform oral sex on Víctor Marke and that she later “had sexual relations” with him; this after she was made to drink alcohol and considering that she was a minor. Said assault was the first of several that she had to experience, the young woman told local police.
I knew it was wrong, but I just didn’t know how to get out of the situation or say anything,” he told police.
On the other hand, the young woman also announced that she had kept silent about it because the film producer had threatened to “break her kneecaps” if she told anyone what was happening. In turn, they made her believe that no one would trust her word.
He just said no one would believe me if I told them anyway.”
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Unfortunately, the abuse case involving Phytian and Marcke is not the only one that has arisen in Hollywood; For many decades there have been complaints about this type of assault in the film industry, especially women pointing to famous producers, actors and directors of the union, while the accusations by minors have been less.
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However, in most of the occasions that the denunciations have been made, the people reveal that the events occurred years or decades before, entering a stage in which they were very young or, on the other hand, adolescents. Such is the case of Harvey Wenstein, who was accused by more than 100 actresses of having suffered sexual abuse on his part when they were young and just looking to make a place for themselves in the industry, or James Franco, who was accused of abusing his students. .
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