Trigger warning: This post discusses rape and sexual violence, and may be distressing for some readers.
Actor and author Joan Collins has revealed that the man who went on to become her first husband raped her at age 17.
Eighty-one-year-old Collins spoke about her past in a new documentary called Brave Miss World, which was made by former Israeli Miss World, Linor Abargil, who was raped only six weeks before being crowned in the beauty pageant.
“I was raped when I was seventeen years old,” Collins says in the documentary.
Collins was discovered at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and signed to a film studio. She recalls going on a date at age seventeen with Maxwell Reed, who became her first husband two years later. Maxwell left the room to take a bath, leaving Joan to drink a rum and coke and read some ‘books’.
“The books were porn, which I’d never seen before. Hardcore porn. 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 is 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.”
Collins was a 17-year-old virgin at the time. She felt guilty following the incident, and it prompted her to accept another invitation from him.