Evan Rachel Wood, who currently stars in Westworld, has shared harrowing details being sexual assaulted.
The actress revealed in an email to Rolling Stone that she suffered ‘physical, psychological, sexual’ abuse in her past. The 29-year-old detailed the experiences, explaining she was raped by a significant other as well as a bar owner on separate occasions.
The email, which was sent to the magazine a day after the US Presidential election stated, ‘I’ve been raped. By a significant other while we were together. And on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar,’ Evan, who shares a three-year-old son with ex husband Jamie Bell, wrote. ‘I don’t believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism.’
In 2011, the former child actress came out as bi-sexual, having known since the age of four or five that she was attracted to women. It was this admission of sexual orientation Evan believes allowed her to be ‘taken advantage of’ because there was something about her people knew they could ‘exploit’.
‘You know, bisexuality is worthy of eye rolls. And I didn’t realise how damaging that was until I tried to have healthy relationships as an adult and realised that there was still all this shame and conditioning and stigma around my sexuality that was really affecting the way I related to people,’ Evan explained. ‘I think I was taken advantage of because someone knew there was something about me that they could exploit. It was always talked about like a phase or something stupid, or something you were doing for attention.’
Evan - who has previously been open about her battle with depression - attempted to take her own when she was 22.
‘[My suicide attempt] was, weirdly, the best/worst thing that ever happened to me because it did not work.’