Helen Mirren‘s recent comments about being date-raped have stirred up quite a controversy.
In an interview in the October issue of British GQ, the Oscar-winning actress admitted to being date-raped “a couple of times” when she was younger, but said that the act was not brutal or violent, but was "rather being locked in a room and made to have sex against my will.”
But here’s where it gets dicey: She never reported the incidents to the police.
“You couldn’t do that in those days,” she explained in GQ. "If a woman voluntarily ends up in a man’s bedroom with her clothes off? It’s such a tricky area, isn’t it? Especially if there is no violence. I think she has the right to say no at the last second. But I don’t think she can have that man in court under those circumstances.”
Women’s rights advocates clearly feel differently about her point of view.
What do you think? Has any woman reading this ever said no to no avail but then felt that they couldn’t go to the police because of the reasons Mirren suggests?
"I loved coke. I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties," she told GQ. But what ended it for her was the capture of Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, in the early 1980s.
Barbie had been found hiding in South America and living off the proceeds of his days as a cocaine baron.
"And I read that in the paper, and all the cards fell into place, and I saw how my little sniff of cocaine at a party had an absolute direct route to this horrible man."
If nothing else, you gotta give Helen points for honesty.