Actress Joan Collins has spoken for the first time about being raped at just 17-years-old.
The 81-year-old, who referenced the attack in her autobiography, has opened up on camera about the ordeal for the first time in a new documentary about sexual violence called ‘Brave Miss world‘.
In the film she talks honesty to former Israeli Miss World Linor Abargil, who was herself raped just six weeks before being crowned, about being drugged and raped in her teens – and feeling so guilty about the act she married the perpertrator.
The attack occurred while she was on a date with Maxwell Reed – who went on to be her first husband. He passed away in 1974.
On the evening in question, Michael went to take a bath, leaving the young Joan with some books and a rum and coke.
Joan recalls being shocked by the content of the literature, saying: “The books were porn, which I’d never seen before. Hardcore porn.”
She added: “The next thing I knew, I was out flat on the sofa in that living room and he was raping me.
“And what he had given me was a drug. He had drugged my drink.
“It was what is called in those days a Mickey Finn. Which I think today would be Rohypnol. It felt so horrible. That I…that I’d done this thing.”
Talking about her guilt after the incident, she went on: “It wasn’t my fault but I didn’t know, I went out with him. And maybe I shouldn’t have gone out with him. He was much older than me, and he was a famous star.
“And anyway the bottom line is that he called me, and I went out with him again. And after I’d been going out with him for a few months, he asked me to marry him.
“And I thought, “Well I better because you know, he took my virginity.” I really hated him, but I was so filled with guilt, that he had done this thing to me.”
The documentary premiered last week at the Jewish Film Festival to a standing ovation and is aimed to encourage other women to speak out about rape.
Brave Miss World is now streaming on Netflix
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