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Emma Thompson spoke of the moment her daughter Gaia was assaulted while travelling on the Tube (Picture: Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Emma Thompson has spoken about how she blamed herself for her daughter being felt up while travelling on the London Underground.

Her daughter Gaia was 17 at the time when the incident happened, which left her very nervous about taking the Tube for sometime afterwards.

Emma recalled the distressing moment on Radio 4s Womens Hour, and said she was upset that her daughter worried about not being able to stand up to her attacker.

My daughter had the experience of being felt up on the Tube and felt very nervous about going out and on the tube for a long time afterwards, she said.

She said the thing that upset her most was not the act itself but the fact that she felt cowed enough by it not to call him out.

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And I think that what we suffer as women most from our shame at not being able to say “Why are you doing this?”

She went on: Were so shocked and undermined by these actions that we cant turn around and take the action that we want and thats the thing that sits with us and sticks with us, which is so unjust.

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The actress has been vocal in the past about sexual harassment in the film industry, particularly in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Of the allegations against the disgraced film producer, she said: They dont surprise me at all, and they are endemic to the system.

I dont think you can describe him as a sex addict. Hes a predator. Hes an actual predator, hes dangerous and what hes done and what hes doing is criminal.

Emma stars in upcoming film The Children Act, playing a judge overseeing a case involving a teenage boy refusing blood transfusion for religious reasons.

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