Berlin - Actress Nastassja Kinski on Sunday accused her father, late German film icon Klaus, of attempting to abuse her, following allegations by her half-sister Pola that he raped her throughout her childhood.
Nastassja Kinski, 51, who achieved Hollywood fame with films such as Cat People and Tess, told the Bild am Sonntag weekly that her father did not actually rape her but that "he tried to."
"He always touched me far too much, held me so tightly against him that I thought I could not escape. At the time I was four or five years old and we were living in Munich," Kinski recounted.
"Instinctively I recognised that this could not be the loving embrace of a father but that it was more than that," she added.
The accusations against Klaus Kinski, a volatile film star who died in 1991, came after Pola Kinski's allegations that he began abusing her at the age of five and raped her for the first time when she was nine.
The assaults continued until she was 19, she alleged in an interview with Stern magazine ahead of the publication of her memoirs.
In the 1970s, Nastassja Kinski made headlines for her affair with Tess director Roman Polanski. She was 15 at the time, while he was 42.
Born in Berlin but living in California, she is the daughter of Klaus Kinski's second wife Brigitte. Pola Kinski's mother was his first wife, singer Gislinde Kuehbeck. They also have a 36-year-old half-brother, Nikolai.
Nastassja Kinski painted a picture of a violent and cold father who would fly into fits of rage.
"He was a tyrant. I can scarcely remember us all sitting around a table together," she told Bild am Sonntag.
If he were still alive today, "I would do everything to ensure he went to prison," she said.
"When he died, some people told me they were sorry. I wasn't sorry."
24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.
Prince William has talked of 'dark moments' in his job as an air ambulance pilot. Read More »
Kensington Palace announced that Prince William and his wife Kate will bring their two young children on their official visit to Canada. Read More »
South AfricaCity Press
Cape TownCity Press
TownhousesR 4 950 000
Apartments / FlatsR 8 900 000
HousesR 3 800 000