Earlier today, in an interview with German newsweekly Stern, Klaus Kinski’s eldest daughter, Pola Kinski, now 60, accused the late film icon of sexually abusing her.
Kinski told the magazine, which hits the stands tomorrow, that her father, who died in 1991, molested her from the age of five until she turned 19. He raped her, she claims, and would then buy her expensive gifts to assuage his guilt.
Ms. Kinski is about to publish a tell-all book she has written about her father, and said she wished to put an end to the cult of personality surrounding the wildly bi-polar cult thespian, best known for his roles in Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, the Wrath of God:
“I was sick of hearing, ‘Your father! Great! Genius! I always liked him.’ Since his death, this adulation has only got worse.”