Lily Allen has detailed her account of a sexual assault she experienced at the hands of an unnamed ‘record industry executive’.
Allen warns that such abuses are common in the music industry in her recently released book. She believes the #MeToo movement hasn’t highlighted the full scale of the problem.
Allen did not reveal the name of the man who attempted to rape her under legal advice from her publisher. She simply refers to the man as a ‘record industry executive’ in her account of the assault.
Allen says she was assaulted during her attempt to sleep off her own drunkenness.
“I woke up at 5 am because I could feel someone next to me pressing their naked body against my back. I was naked, too. I could feel someone trying to put their penis inside my vagina and slapping my arse as if I were a stripper in a club. I moved away as quickly as possible and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm…
“I found my clothes quickly… and ran out of his room and into my own.”
Lily Allen says she kept silent about the incident because she did not want to be labeled a “hysterical” or “difficult to work with” woman.
“I felt betrayed. I felt shame. I felt anger. I felt confused,” Allen continued.
She says she also feared that people wouldn’t believe the story due to her drunkenness and his fame. That last part is a major clue that could be used to pinpoint the perpetrator.
When the singer returned to London after the assault, Allen consulted a lawyer and signed an affidavit with her recollection of what occurred.