Klaus Kinski, the late German actor who has appeared in more than 130 films, allegedly raped his eldest daughter when she was a child. Speaking with Germany's Stern magazine, Pola Kinski, now 60-years-old, said her father started abusing her when she was 5 or 6.
"Whether one believes me or not, this is what happened to me. It's the truth," she told the weekly in an interview, as cited by the Associated Press.
Klaus Kinski, a prolific and mercurial actor who starred in films such as "Doctor Zhivago" and "Nosferatu the Vampyre," died of a heart attack in 1991 at the age of 65. He is perhaps best remembered as a leading role actor in the films of Werner Herzog.
In an autobiography written a few years before his death and titled "All I Need is Love," as cited by the AP, Klaus Kinski described himself as sexually voracious and suffering from mental health problems.
According to BBC News, which cited an interview with Kinski biographer, Christian David, there had been rumours about the relationship between Kinski and Pola for years.
"In Europe, especially in Germany of course, Klaus Kinski has a solid fan base and is considered an idol by quite a few," he told BBC News.
In Pola Kinski's autobiography, to be released in the near future, the daughter of the German actor reportedly details her father's alleged emotional and sexual abuse over a 14-year period. She wrote about how her father showered her with gifts while warning her not to speak of what was going on.
Kinski spoke to Stern ahead of the release of her autobiography, "Kindermund" (English: "The Mouths Of Babes").
"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," she said in the interview, as cited by BBC News.
"He was paying for me to be his little sex object, placed on silk cushions."
While Kinski had reportedly told her mother of the alleged abuse when she was 19, she recently expressed to the German magazine the relief she felt in 1991 when her father had passed.
There was no immediate comment on Pola Kinski's book from her half-siblings, Nastassja and Nikolai, Reuters said, when the newswire reached out to their representatives.
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