15 Celebrity Survivors of Sexual Assault in the #MeToo Era

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Celebrity Sexual Assault Survivors: 15 Women Who Have Come Forward

Celebrity Sexual Assault Survivors: 15 Women Who Have Come Forward

Jun 11, 2024

Sexual assault can impact anyone, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. One of the positive effects of the ‘Me Too’ Movement has been an increase in the number of survivors of sexual abuse who have come forward to report crimes – even those which may have occurred years or even decades ago. While many high-profile men such as Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and George Foreman have been hit with sexual assault lawsuits, countless celebrity women have courageously chosen to publicly disclose their personal stories as survivors.

15 Celebrity Women Who Have Spoken Up About Sexual Assault

This blog will look at 15 personal stories from celebrities who have recently spoken up about their own experiences with sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, rape, and other types of sexual violence.
15 Celebrity Survivors of Sexual Assault in the #MeToo Era

15 Celebrity Women Who Have Spoken Up About Sexual Assault

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - 15 Celebrity Women Who Have Spoken Up About Sexual Assault
In 2017, Taylor Swift was awarded a $1 million damages award after suing ex-radio host David Mueller for sexual assault and battery. Swift alleged that Mueller groped her at a pre-concert meet-and-greet in June 2013. After her trial, Taylor Swift solemnly noted that, “You don’t feel a sense of any victory when you win because the process is so dehumanizing.”

Swift was also a victim of deepfake pornography earlier this year.

Constance Wu

Constance Wu- 15 Celebrity Women Who Have Spoken Up About Sexual Assault
In 2022, actor Constance Wu released her book, “Making a Scene.” In the book, she detailed two instances of sexual assault – one involving harassment by a producer of the television series on which she starred, “Fresh Off the Boat,” and another involving an alleged date rape experience from a different man years earlier. Wu wrote that the latter sexual assault was committed by an “aspiring novelist” named Ty on their second date.

“Some people might say that I should have fought back against Ty,” Wu wrote. “But if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change how I reacted that night. Because when I think about the girl I was back then, I understand what she was going through.”

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney (and more than 250 Women Affiliated with USA Gymnastics)

Former USA Gymnastics doctor and convicted sexual predator, Larry Nassar, is currently serving multiple sentences (one up to 175 years and another up to 125 years) for molesting female gymnasts under his care. Hundreds of women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar, leading to a $138.7 million damages award in April 2024. That damages award was separate from an even larger case – leading to a $380 million sexual abuse settlement in 2021.

Over 250 survivors came forward to report allegations of abuse against Nassar, including gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Jessica Howard, Jamie Dantzscher, Morgan White, Jeanette Antolin, Maggie Nichols, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn and Wieber.

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd- 15 Celebrity Women Who Have Spoken Up About Sexual Assault
At the Women in the World Summit in 2019, actor Ashley Judd described herself as “a three-time rape survivor,” and noted that one of the rapes had resulted in conception.

In 2017, Judd accused convicted predator Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, later suing him for the incident as well as defamation. She was the first actor to come forward with sexual assault allegations against Weinstein.

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan- 15 Celebrity Women Who Have Spoken Up About Sexual Assault
In 2017, as one of the first celebrities to come forward in the Me Too Movement, Rose McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. Although Weinstein denied the allegations, a settlement for $100,000 was reached, but McGowan had to agree to not pursue any further legal action against the disgraced Hollywood producer.

“This is an international rapist, okay? This is the truth of what it is. This is an international rape factory. Every single place he ever stayed, there were people there set up to help him rape,” McGowan told ABC News in a 2018 interview.

Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin- 15 Celebrity Women Who Have Spoken Up About Sexual Assault
Actor Abigail Breslin came forward with her personal story of rape after one of her social media followers reportedly commented, “Reported rapes are the only rapes that count.”

“I did not report my rape. I didn’t report it because of many reasons,” Breslin responded. “First off, I was in complete shock and denial. I didn’t want to view myself as a ‘victim’ so I suppressed it and pretended it never happened… Second of all, I was in a relationship with my rapist and feared not being believed. I also feared that if my case didn’t lead anywhere, he would still find out and hurt me even more.”

Breslin’s described shock is a common effect of sexual violence, with many victims unfortunately blaming themselves.

Kesha

Kesha - 15 Celebrity Women Who Have Spoken Up About Sexual Assault
In 2014, musician Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke for allegedly drugging and raping her while he was her employer. A judge dismissed Kesha’s claims, but she later wrote on social media that she would not retract the allegations or back down from her fight.

So. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie,” she wrote on Instagram in 2016. “I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again,” she added.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - 15 Celebrity Women Who Have Spoken Up About Sexual Assault
Lady Gaga opened up about being raped as a teenager and the psychological and emotional trauma that followed. She described having a “total psychotic break” in a 2021 interview with the BBC, noting that the rape had led to a pregnancy.

Lady Gaga told the BBC that the assault was committed by a male music producer when she was only 19 years old. The rapist allegedly threatened to burn her music if she did not take her clothes off, eventually dropping her “off pregnant on a corner… because I was vomiting and sick.”

She further described being in an “ultra state of paranoia” following the sexual assault.

Padma Lakshmi

Author, chef, and media personality Padma Lakshmi came forward to describe her experience with childhood sexual assault. In 2016, Lakshmi told People Magazine that she was sexually molested as a 7-year-old girl.

Once you take a girl’s innocence, you can never get it back,” Lakshmi wrote in her book entitled “Love, Loss and What We Ate.”

“What I remember more is telling my mother what happened and her believing me, and telling someone else what happened and that person not believing me.”

Cassie

Singer Cassandra “Cassie” Ventura filed a lawsuit accusing Diddy of rape, multiple incidents of sexual assault, and sex-trafficking. The suit was settled for an undisclosed amount in November 2023. But it wasn’t until last month, when video surfaced of Diddy physically abusing Cassie, that he ever admitted any wrongdoing.

Prior to the video being released by CNN, Diddy had vehemently denied all allegations of sexual violence despite settling multiple lawsuits.

“Enough is enough,” Diddy wrote on social media in December 2023 after being hit with another sexual assault lawsuit by an unnamed plaintiff.

“For the last couple of weeks, I have sat silently and watched people try to assassinate my character, destroy my reputation and my legacy,” he said.
“Sickening allegations have been made against me by individuals looking for a quick payday,” he added. “Let me be absolutely clear: I did not do any of the awful things being alleged. I will fight for my name, my family and for the truth.”

Dordulian Law Group’s founder and president, Los Angeles sexual assault attorney Sam Dordulian, was recently interviewed by Nancy Grace about Diddy’s “fake apology.”

Only when he got caught, now all of a sudden he’s sorry,” Sam told Grace.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda has been outspoken as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse as well as rape. “I’ve been raped, I’ve been sexually abused as a child and I’ve been fired because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss. I always thought it was my fault, that I didn’t do or say the right thing,” Fonda said in an interview.

As a survivor of sexual abuse, the actor founded the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health in 2001, noting that she wished to help abuse victims “realize that [sexual violence is] not our fault.”

“We were violated and it’s not right,” she said.

Brooke Shields

In 2023, actor Brooke Shields came forward as a survivor of sexual assault. In an interview with People Magazine, Shields said that the perpetrator was a “powerful Hollywood executive,” noting that it took over 30 years for her to process the trauma and come forward.

No one is going to believe me,” she thought at the time of the assault. “People weren’t believing those stories back then. I thought I would never work again.”

Shields also noted in her documentary, “Pretty Baby,” that she feels it’s “a miracle that I survived.” “It’s taken me a long time to process it,” she said.

Jena Malone

Jena Malone, best known for her work in the “Hunger Games” films, recently came forward to describe her sexual assault experience while filing the movie franchise.

On social media, Malone wrote that :

This photo was taken right after I wrapped ‘mocking Jay part two’ and I had to say goodbye to everyone on set.

“We were shooting in a beautiful estate in the countryside of France and I asked the driver to let me out in this field so I could cry and capture this moment. Even though this time in Paris was extremely hard for me, was going thru a bad break up and also was sexually assaulted by someone I had worked with, I was so full of gratitude for this project, the people I became close with and this amazing part I got to play. A swirling mix of emotions I’m only now just learning to sort thru.”

Malone went on to encourage survivors of sexual assault to come forward when they feel ready.

“The process is so slow and non-linear. I want to say I’m here for anyone who needs to talk or vent or open uncommunicated spaces within themselves. Please dm me if you need a safe space to be heard,” she wrote.

Evan Rachel Wood

In 2021, actor Evan Rachel Wood came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against rocker Marilyn Manson.

Wood accused Manson of “grooming” her as a teenager, “horrifically” abusing her for several years, as well as “brainwashing and manipulating” her “into submission.”

“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.,” Wood wrote on Instagram.

After Wood’s allegations became public, four additional women came forward with similar sexual violence claims against Manson.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In 2021, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came forward as a survivor of sexual assault.

“I’m a survivor of sexual assault,” she said in an Instagram post. “And I haven’t told many people that in my life,” she added while holding back tears.

“My sexual assault was a pivotal event in the trajectory that led me to run for office,” she added. “I can say that in retrospect, but obviously I didn’t know that at the time.”

“AOC,” as Ocasio-Cortez is perhaps better known, was also a victim of deepfake pornography in April of 2024.

Legal Options for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Recent legislation in California known as AB 2777 or the Sexual Abuse And Cover-Up Accountability Act Law offers options for justice to survivors in the #MeToo Movement. The new law’s impact includes enabling survivors to seek justice beyond previous statutes of limitations.

Under AB 2777, if you were an adult victim of sexual assault which occurred after 2009, you may still be eligible to file a civil lawsuit with Dordulian Law Group’s expert attorneys in pursuit of financial compensation from your perpetrator. The statute of limitations is effectively paused for all adult survivors of sexual assault who were abused after January 1, 2009.

Who is Eligible to File Claims Under California AB 2777?

All adult survivor of sexual assault occurring after 2009 are currently able to bring a civil action for financial damages. The statute of limitations extension for sexual assaults is open through the end of 2026. But survivors may take action today to begin the process of securing justice. In fact, there has recently been a surge in civil lawsuits filed by survivors under these new laws. Moreover, thousands of additional sexual assault claims are expected to be filed against perpetrators within the AB 2777 three-year window.

California Sexual Assault Cases: Get the Justice You Deserve

Want to speak to a sexual assault lawyer about your case? Schedule your free and confidential sexual abuse case consultation by calling Dordulian Law Group’s (D Law Group) SAJE Team today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM.

The SAJE Team (Sexual Assault Justice Experts) offers survivors a unique type of expert legal representation. Our four-tiered support network of dedicated processionals is available to you 24/7 throughout the litigation process and includes a team of elite attorneys as well as a former LAPD sex crimes detective, an in-house clinical therapist, and two victim advocates.

Ready to take the first step towards securing justice for your sexual assault case? When you sit down with a D Law Group sexual assault lawyer for a no-obligation consultation, we will discuss all available legal options with you and provide an estimate for how long your case may take to reach a settlement. Additionally, we’ll provide a potential value for your case (an anticipated final damages award).

Call California’s Best Sexual Assault Lawyers Today

D Law Group was founded by Sam Dordulian, a former sex crimes prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council. Our proven team of Los Angeles, California, sexual assault attorneys have helped survivors obtain justice through countless multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements:

  • A confidential multimillion dollar settlement for a woman who was raped by a man she met on a ‘Sugar Daddy’ website
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Contact our top-rated team of expert sexual abuse attorneys online or by phone today to pursue justice and secure a financial award for damages.

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