Dame Joan Collins says #MeToo victims should have kicked men ‘in the groin’

Dame Joan Collins says #MeToo victims should have kicked men ‘in the groin’

Dame Joan Collins has risked incurring the wrath of #MeToo activists by insisting actresses complaining about sexual harassment should have done more

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Dame Joan Collins has risked incurring the wrath of #MeToo activists by insisting actresses complaining about sexual harassment should have done more to prevent it.

The veteran actress insists many of the women who have made allegations against the likes of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein could have avoided their ordeals with a swift “knee in the groin”.

The former Dynasty star, who tells The Observer she was drugged and raped by her first husband on their first date when she was 18, says, “When people ask why I wasn’t speaking out about this, I’ve been speaking out about it for 40 years.

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“It seems to me actresses who are saying, you know, ‘I went up to this producer and he took his d— out and I froze’. I mean, I’m sorry, you don’t freeze; you go, ‘Stop that, I’m leaving’. I just gave them (harassers) a knee in the groin. It’s hardly suffering. You just didn’t put up with it.”

And Collins insists actresses should be doing more to help refugee women, who really are suffering: “My daughter Tara is a pioneer for women’s rights and these women in the refuges are having to hide their identities. They’ve got children and babies and then the husbands try to find them.

“I remember Tara was crying to me about a year and a half ago because one of the women had gone back and been murdered – that’s what happens. Women are abused all over the world. Everybody’s very adamant and strong and #MeToo here in Hollywood, but I don’t see them opening refuges for women who have been abused.”

Collins tells the British publication she only agreed to marry her rapist, Maxwell Reed, because she was so ashamed about losing her virginity to him.

“He took me to a place called the Country Club in Hanover Square,” she recalls. “We walked up lots of stairs to a small, candle-lit apartment, where he asked me what I wanted to drink and gave me a rum and Coke. It was a Mickey Finn. I was drugged. He said, ‘I am going to have a bath’, which I thought was very strange.

“He then said, ‘Take a look at this book, I think you will find it interesting’. Of course, it was full of disgusting, pornographic photographs. Any smart girl today would have got out of there and run down those stairs faster than a speeding bullet, but not little innocent, stupid Joan Collins, who stayed there and looked at the book. The next thing I knew, I was on the sofa and that was it. Then I was throwing up into a bucket.”

Source: canoe.com

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