Keira Knightley, while appearing on Chanel Connects, recalled an occasion when she was driven off-road by a paparazzi to create a sellable crash media story.
Celebrities have often faced terrifying situations at the hands of paparazzi, who sometimes push it too far to create a media story. Keira Knightley has opened up about one such harrowing incident.
Talking to filmmaker Lulu Wang and editor Diane Solway in Chanel’s new culture podcast, Chanel Connects, Keira Knightley spoke about the harassment she faced after she broke out as a young star.
“It is brutal for young women within this industry,” she shared. “Being followed around 24/7 by packs of up to 30 men with their lenses, through my windows and being called a whore every time I left the house in order to invoke a reaction because the pictures were worth more if I was crying. Or being forced off the road, because they suddenly found that, there was a lot of money to be made out of car crashes. So, you’d have guys with cameras trying to force your car off the road.”
Keira Knightley, remembering the encounter, said that the time in her life was “brutal” and she’s “incredibly proud” to have survived it. “Trying to figure out a way when, as we’re all experiencing now, the world goes insane around you, how do you keep your sanity? How do you keep, your view of who you are, of what you want and what you believe is right and wrong, on the straight and narrow?” She continued. “It is incredibly difficult.”
Keira Knightley was in her late teens/early twenties when the incident occurred and had just delivered her big successes like ‘Bend it like Beckham’, ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ and ‘Atonement’.
Keira Knightley is not the first to receive intimidating treatment by the British paparazzi. Sienna Miller had sued the paparazzi for “a campaign of harassment” in 2008, which she later won.
Kate Winslet has also openly spoken about how she was “bullied” by the British paparazzi during the height of the film ‘Titanic.’