Lily Allen was sexually assaulted by record executive while she slept

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 15, 2018

During an interview with the Guardian Weekend magazine, the British pop star spoke candidly about her sexual assault experience and toxicity in the music industry, revealing new details from her upcoming memoir "My Thoughts Exactly", which will be published later this month.

The 33-year-old has previously discussed an incident where she was abused by an industry figure in general terms.

Allen's personal account detailed how the man allowed her to sleep in his hotel room after she had got "smashed" at a party. Then she told the guardian "I woke up at 5am 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", Allen told the magazine.

Allen said she "moved away as quickly as possible and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm. and ran out of his room".

Allen said she blamed herself for the attack and did not report it to police, convincing herself that it was not a serious enough assault and that if she did report it she feared being labelled "hysterical". The interview claims she wanted to name the executive in the book, but did not after being advised by her publisher.

She added that many industry insiders have remained quiet about known issues, even in the #MeToo era. "I felt anger. I felt confused", she said.

Allen stresses that she is not the only female artist to have such experiences, saying the music industry is "rife with sexual abuse" and suggesting there should be "a proper union for musicians", and possibly a women-only organisation. Turning the gig down, she says, caused Radio 1 to punish her by refusing to play her single "Trigger Bang".

She wrote: "It was consensual, sure". It's just that I was young and he wasn't.

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