Jane Fonda Says She Was Raped and Sexually Abused as a Child

Every time you think Jane Fonda is finally past making headlines, she surprises you: On Thursday, the headlines about her around the internet read: “I’ve been raped.”

This happened in her youth (she just turned 79) and apparently she’s never talked about it publicly before. The Oscar-winning daughter of Oscar-winning Henry Fonda also revealed she was sexually abused as a child, and that she was once fired from a job for refusing to sleep with her boss.

All this came out in an interview Fonda did with Oscar-winning Brie Larson in Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, in which the two discussed feminism, the women’s movement, physical fitness, sexual violence, celebrity political activism, her regrets (she wishes she had been a better parent), her recently rejuvenated career (Netflix’s Grace and Frankie), and “patriarchy.”

Fonda said it took years before she woke up to the idea of empowering women. She grew up in the 1950s with “the disease to please.” She’s over that now.

“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, that I didn’t do or say the right thing,” she told Larson.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Maria Puente