Legendary actress and activist Jane Fonda has been hiding a dark secret for decades, RadarOnline.com has learned: She was raped and sexually abused as a child.
Speaking with fellow actress Brie Larson for an article in The Edit, the 79-year-old feminist icon was brutally honest about her past, and coming to terms with the dark side of Hollywood.
"I've been raped," Fonda flatly states. "I've been sexually abused as a child, and I've been fired because I wouldn't sleep with my boss and I always thought it was my fault; that I didn't do or say the right thing."
Fonda spoke with Larson, herself an outspoken advocate for sexual abuse survivors, to commemorate International Women's Day. The Grace and Frankie star went on to explain that she's known girls who didn't even know they had been raped.
"They think, 'It must have been because I said 'no' the wrong way.' One of the great things the women's movement has done is to make us realize that rape and abuse is not our fault. We were violated and it's not right."
As Radar reported, Fonda and her music mogul boyfriend, Richard Perry, recently broke up after dating for eight years.
She has been married three times, to Roger Vadim, Tom Hayden and Ted Turner, and has three children.
Fonda, whose activism is well known throughout the world, says celebrities have every right to speak their mind on social issues.
"Everyone has the right to speak up; it doesn't matter what you do," she said. "Whenever there's been an important revolution or social upheaval, artists, actors, writers and poets are always the people that can reach into areas that politics can't."
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