Joan Collins spoke out about her rape ordeal on This Morning
The 81-year-old explained how she was drugged and raped when she was still a virgin and told how her guilt drove her to marry the perpetrator of the crime – her future husband Maxwell Read.
Speaking of her ordeal, Joan told presenters Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield: “The incident happened and I blocked it from my mind. I married him because of total guilt, because I couldn’t tell my parents, I couldn’t tell any of my friends.”
“At the age of 17, I felt so guilty and so responsible.
“I thought this isn’t my fault, I should never have gone with this man.
The actress hopes speaking out will help other rape victims do the same
Joan says she was raped when she was still a virgin
“I had no idea of the facts of life. I had no experience of men at all other than a little bit of innocent dating. My parents told me nothing, other than my mother said ‘men only want one thing’.”
The Dynasty star first spoke out about the attack for new Netflix documentary Brave Miss World, a film which sees former Israeli Miss World, Linor Abargil, travel the world meeting fellow rape victims to hear how their ordeals have affected their lives.
In the documentary, Joan speaks frankly about her harrowing ordeal.
“I was raped when I was 17-years-old”, she says.
The star was 17 at the time of her attack
The 81 year old told Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield how she married her attacker
At the time the actress was at the beginning of her career, having just been signed to RANK film studio.
She describes how she was on a date with the Irish actor, who died in 1974, when he gave her a rum and coke to drink and some books to read as he went to take a bath.
“The books were porn, which I’d never seen before. Hardcore porn,” the star tells the former Miss World.
“The next thing I knew, I was out flat on the sofa in that living room and he was raping me. And what he had given me was a drug. He had drugged my drink.
“It was, what it was called in those days, a Mickey Finn. Which I think today would be Rohypnol. It felt so horrible. That I…that I’d done this thing.”
BRAVE MISS WORLD
Joan first made the emotional admission for documentary Brave Miss World
BRAVE MISS WORLD
Linor Abargil was raped seven weeks before she was crowned Miss World
Joan hopes her emotional admission will help other rape victims find the courage to come forward.
She said: “It was very important for women in the public eye to come forward so that other women can see that being raped is not something that just happens to them.
“I decided that I would do that because I found it absolutely astonishing and horrifying when I heard about the number of rapes that occur all the time.”
“You just feel so alone – you feel you’re the only one this has happened to,” she added.
She said: “I wanted to do something to help women and wanted to say don’t let it happen… go to the police, go to your social worker, and if you are abused in your own home then go to a refuge.”
“Get these animals behind bars so that they don’t do it again.”
Joan previously spoke out about the attack in her autobiography
When asked why she didn’t report the attack at the time, Joan said she felt unable to.
“I couldn’t have because I didn’t even know how to explain it,” she said.
“He was my favourite movie star at school, he was very good looking and extremely charismatic.
“When I first met him I was knocked out. When he called me the next day at the studio and asked me out I was astonished.
“This was the guy I told my school girlfriends: ‘I’m going to marry him one day’.”