Content warning: This post contains an account of rape and sexual assault which may be triggering for some readers.
For many, Fran Drescher is simply synonymous with her iconic onscreen persona Fran Fine.
But the star of The Nanny is also a cancer survivor, and has inspired countless victims of sexual violence by speaking openly about her own experience of sexual assault for many years.
In 1985, Drescher and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson lived through a home invasion by two men during which the actress and a female friend were raped at gunpoint.
Jacobson was restrained and forced to watch the horrific attack.
The pair, who divorced in 1999, are in Australia presently and spoke frankly with Studio 10 about the ordeal.
“The whole rape experience was so surreal,” he told Studio 10.
“We were home, having dinner with a friend. They broke the door down — it was locked. You try to live, you try to get through it alive. The police said, ‘Whatever you did, you did it right, because you’re alive’.”
It was another eight years before Drescher became a household name when the show they co-created, The Nanny, became an international sensation.