Klaus Kinski's Daughter Claims He Sexually Abused Her

Klaus Kinski Headshot 1981 - P 2013
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Klaus Kinski Headshot 1981 - P 2013

In her new autobiography, the late German actor's oldest daughter Pola says her father raped her multiple times over a period of 14 years.

COLOGNE, Germany - Pola Kinski, the oldest daughter of legendary German actor Klaus Kinski, claims her father sexually abused her starting from the age of five.

In an exclusive interview with German magazine Stern, to be published on Thursday, Kinski said her father violently abused her, raping her multiple time, over a period of 14 years.

Kinski, best known for his work with director Werner Herzog on films such as Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre: The Wrath of God, died in 1991.

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In a new autobiography published in Germany entitled Kindermund - which can be roughly translated as Out of the Mouths of Babes - Pola Kinski, now 60, details the abuse she said she suffered at his hands. She is the actor's eldest daughter by his first wife, singer Gislinde Kuhlbeck. The two divorced in 1955.

Pola Kinski initially lived with her mother, but moved out when her mother met another man. Speaking to Stern, Kinski said her father took advantage of her situation, taking her with him on work across Europe.

She said he was violently abusive towards her, throwing her against the wall and raping her and then compensating by showering her with expensive gifts. He saw her as "his little sex object, bedded on a silk cushion," Pola Kinski said. "I didn't want to, but he didn't care. He just took whatever he wanted."

Pola Kinski - like her half-siblings Nastassja and Nikolai Kinski - is also known for her acting work, having appeared in several German TV movies, as well as on stage. A mother of three, she is now retired.

The late Klaus Kinski is already a divisive and controversial figure in Germany. His violent outbursts on set - famously captured on film in Herzog's documentary My Favorite Enemy - are the stuff of legend. Pola Kinski said she is coming out with her accusations now, because she is sick of the idolization of her father in some German media.

"I can't hear it anymore: 'Your father! Great! A genius! I always liked him," she said. "The idolization has only gotten worse since his death."