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Walters 'was assaulted aged 10'

Julie Walters
The star's autobiography is due to be published in October

Actress Julie Walters has told a newspaper she was sexually assaulted at the age of 10 by a man who tried to abduct her and three friends.

The Mamma Mia! star told the Daily Mirror she was so traumatised by the incident that she kept it a secret from her mother for 25 years.

"He touched me. It was nothing horrific but it could have been," she said.

The 58-year-old said she had recalled the traumatic event while writing a forthcoming autobiography.

"Writing about the incident made me feel sick," the actress said.

"As an adult you look back at all the details you didn't understand then. Now I know what he wanted - it's frightening."


"It was the start of a sexual assault. There were three of us, and you'd think there'd have been safety in numbers. But we were so frightened of him we'd have done anything."

The star, who was brought up in Smethwick, West Midlands, recalled how she was approached as she played with friends in the garden of a derelict house.

"We ran into another garden but he followed us," she said.

"He made us stand on a wall, said 'stay there' and went looking for somewhere to take us.

"Then he came back and tried to get us into the house. He was desperate and really agitated.

"We managed to attract the attention of some people at a bus stop and ran away. I thank god those people were there because we were so scared."

Walters, who attended a strict convent school, said the girls were so terrified of the nun's reaction they kept their ordeal secret from their parents and the police.

Her autobiography is due to be published in October.

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