Jane Fonda Opens Up About Shocking Sexual Abuse
In a candid - and somewhat shocking - interview with fellow actor Brie Larson, the iconic Jane Fonda has opened up about being sexually abused.
The 79-year-old made the startling admission during a chat with The Edit, explaining that her past had driven her to support her fellow victims "for the rest of my life."
"To show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females; 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 and I always thought it was my fault," the Oscar-winner revealed. "That I didn't do or say the right thing."
While she didn't reveal when the abuse happened, it's not the first time Fonda has spoken up about her personal experience with sexual assault; in 2014, she hosted an event for the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Centre, where she explained that her own mother had been abused as a child.
Fonda herself had only made the discovery when reviewing various medical records while writing her memoir, but said that it finally explained her mother's behaviour.
"The minute that I read that, everything fell into place," Fonda said at the time. "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 forget myself."
Fonda's mother, Francis Ford Seymour, died by suicide when the star was just 12 years old.