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I’ve been raped as a child, I’ve been fired because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss: Jane Fonda

Speaking about her experiences, Hollywood star Jane Fonda admitted she was fired because she refused to sleep with her boss. She also revealed she was raped and sexually abused as a child.

hollywood Updated: Mar 03, 2017 10:56 IST
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Jane Fonda attends the red carpet arrivals at the 19th Costume Designers Guild awards presented by Lacoste at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, on February 21.(AFP)

Hollywood actor Jane Fonda has revealed she was raped and sexually abused as a girl. “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,” the two-time Oscar winner said.

“I always thought it was my fault. That I didn’t do or say the right thing,” she added.

US actress and political activist Jane Fonda attends a rally with opponents of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines as they protest US President Donald Trump's executive orders advancing their construction, at Columbus Circle in New York on January 24. (AFP)

Fonda made the remarks during a conversation with Brie Larson, who won the Oscar last year for Room - the story of a woman who is held hostage for years by a man who sexually abuses her.

The 79-year-old Fonda, a prominent activist for women’s rights for years, in 2001 founded the Centre for Adolescent Reproductive Health, which helps prevent teen pregnancy. She is also an active member of the global V-Day movement, which works to halt violence against women. “I know young girls who’ve been raped and didn’t even know it was rape. They think, ‘It must have been because I said no the wrong way,’“ she said.

“One of the great things the women’s movement has done is to make us realize that (rape and abuse is) not our fault. We were violated and it’s not right,” Fonda added.

In 2014, Fonda revealed that her mother, Frances Ford Seymour, was also sexually abused as a child and committed suicide at age 42, when the actress was 12.

Actress Marcia Gay Harden, singer Miley Cyrus and Jane Fonda march during the Women's March on January 21 in Los Angeles, California. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles for the Women's March in pro’test after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. (AFP)

Fonda, while she was preparing her memoirs, discovered that situation when she reviewed her mother’s medical history. “The minute that I read that, everything fell into place,” Fonda said. “I knew why the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her and forgive myself.”

Fonda also said it took her nearly “60 years to learn to say no.” “If anyone offered me anything I would say yes. I took parts I wasn’t right for and I was taken advantage of,” she admitted. “I didn’t know how to stand up for myself. Now, I would say, ‘No. This is a piece of s—. I don’t like the way you’re treating me,” and leave. If only I had known then what I do now.”

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First Published: Mar 03, 2017 10:51 IST