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When Oprah's show played the saviour!

Actress Gabrielle Union thanks talk show host Oprah Winfrey for saving her life after she was raped at gunpoint.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 17:34 IST

Actress Gabrielle Union has thanked talk show host Oprah Winfrey for saving her life after she was raped at gunpoint.

According to Contactmusic.com, Union was working as a shop assistant when she was 19 years old in 1992 and was assaulted one evening when she was closing the shop. Union says that she would not have been alive if she had not watched Winfrey's daily talk show and learned some important lessons.

She says: "Luckily, Oprah had a show about what to do in case you are a victim of a violent crime. Immediately, I went on autopilot... it was like Oprah was in my ear telling me what to do to stay alive. Thank god for Oprah because her words helped me live."

Union is convinced Oprah's advice helped her stay calm enough to win the rapist's trust, which she used to turn the tables on her attacker.

She adds: "At some point he put the gun down and calmly asked me to hand him the gun and, at that point, I was like, 'Oh, it's me or you, and it ain't gonna be me today. I'm about to kill you.' I grabbed the gun, I spun around and did the best I could trying to kill him."