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The oldest daughter of the late popular German actor Klaus Kinski claims in a new interview that her father raped and sexually abused her as a child.
Pola Kinski, an actress herself, made the allegations in an interview with the German magazine Stern, reports Reuters. The abuse took place over a period of 14 years, Pola, 60, claims.
“I kept quiet for years because he forbade me from talking about it,” she said in the interview. “The terrible thing is that he once told me that it was completely natural, that fathers all over the world did that with their daughters.”
Pola explained that her father would shower her with gifts after abusing her. “He was paying for me to be his little sex object, placed on silk cushions,” she said.
Kinski became known thanks to his roles in Spaghetti westerns like For A Few Dollars More, but later began a long working relationship with acclaimed director Werner Herzog. He appeared in Aguirre The Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre and Fitzcarraldo. He was also known for his temperament, making him difficult to work with. Kinski died in 1991.
“In Europe, especially in Germany of course, Klaus Kinski has a solid fan base and is considered an idol by quite a few,” biographer Christian David told the BBC. “We will see how this may change in the coming weeks or months.”
Kinski’s other children, actors Nastassja Kinski and Nikolai did not comment on the allegations.
“I couldn't stand hearing it any more: 'Your father! Cool! Genius! I always loved him!'. I always replied 'Yeah, yeah'. Since his death this adulation has got even worse,” Pola explained.
Pola’s interview comes before the release of her memoir, Kindermund (From the Mouths of Children), in which she also writes about the abuse.
The German daily Bild praised Pola for coming out, calling her a “heroine” who dared to say “what probably thousands of daughters do not dare to say.”