Get Your Fresh Intelligence Daily

SUBMIT

Viola Davis Shares Personal Stories During Rape Treatment Center Foundation Event

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch pp

Sep. 30 2016, Updated 2:29 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email
//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch pp

Hollywood stars, producers, studio heads, the Police Chief and Mayor of Los Angeles all came out to support The Rape Center Foundation at the home of billionaire Ron Burkle in Beverly Hills, Ca. Click through the gallery for photos of Viola Davis and the other honorees and supporters at the annual fundraiser.

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

Oscar nominated actor Viola Davis was honored at The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch at a private estate in Beverly Hills on September 25, 2016. She explained her dedication to the organization and recalled her sister’s attack as a child and the devastation it left for her family. “My sister Danielle was 8 years old when she was on roller skates and went down to the corner store at 1 o'clock in the afternoon and was sexually assaulted in the aisles. She told my mom right away – my mom ran down to the store. The store owner's response was: 'He does that to all the little girls.' My mom flagged down the police, and the perpetrator did pay. He paid. He was fined $10 a month. It's over for him, but I'd like to redefine survivor."

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

Former Paramount Studio head Sherry Lansing stood with TRC founder Gail Abarbanel.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck attended the event.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

Philanthropist Cheryl Saban was honored for her inspiration leadership and extraordinary impact on helping the organization raise the millions needed to function annually as well as open the new facility.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

David Schwimmer  was the MC for the event and joked with the crowd before telling them about his long-standing relationship with TRC in his opening speech. “The debates are on Monday,” he said. “I’m Team Aniston.” Fresh off his portrayal of Robert Kardashian in The People Vs. O.J. Simpson he also joked to the crowd about playing a Kardashian. “I gained 20 pounds in my booty, I haven’t lost the weight yet,” he said. His comedic introduction was followed by his heartfelt explanation for supporting the worthwhile cause.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev was stunning in her white flowered dress as she supported the foundation.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

TR Knight and Patrick Leahy attended the event.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

The cast from How To Get Away With Murder attended the event and supported Davis as she was honored by the organization.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

Anna Lynne McCord wore all white to the event.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

Bones actress Tamara Taylor attended the event.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

Private Practice star KaDee Strickland was a guest at the star-studded brunch.

Article continues below advertisement

The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch

//viola davis david schwimmer rape foundation annual brunch

HTGAWM star Alfred Enoch supported his co-star Davis when she received the honor by TRC Foundation.

Advertisement

© Copyright 2021 Radar Media Group LLC. Radar and RadarOnline are registered trademarks. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.