Brit pop star Allen says sex abuse ‘rife’ in mu­sic

The Sunday Times - - World -

LILY Allen says the mu­sic in­dus­try is “rife” with abuse, and it’s some­thing she’s ex­pe­ri­enced first hand.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with a UK mag­a­zine, the pop star spoke can­didly about her sex­ual as­sault ex­pe­ri­ence and tox­i­c­ity in the mu­sic in­dus­try, re­veal­ing new de­tails from her up­com­ing mem­oir My Thoughts Ex­actly, which will be pub­lished later this month.

Although Allen has dis­cussed her as­sault in the past, this is the first time she has of­fered up spe­cific de­tails about the un­named ex­ec­u­tive who al­legedly as­saulted her in his ho­tel bed.

Af­ter drink­ing and get­ting “smashed” at a party, Allen said a pow­er­ful in­dus­try fig­ure brought her to his ho­tel room to help her sleep it off. But she says she woke to him sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her.

“I woke up at 5am be­cause I could feel some­one next to me press­ing their naked body against my back. I was naked, too. I could feel some­one try­ing to put their pe­nis in­side my vagina and slap­ping my arse as if I were a strip­per in a club,” Allen told the mag­a­zine.

“I moved away as quickly as pos­si­ble and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm

. . . I found my clothes quickly . . . and ran out of his room and into my own.”

Allen said mu­sic in­dus­try in­sid­ers had largely ig­nored the

MeToo move­ment, re­sult­ing in “a po­tent mix of sex, youth and avail­abil­ity” that has af­fected many singers and their ca­reers.

Allen hoped the next gen­er­a­tion of artists would be bet­ter pre­pared to deal with the preda­tory na­ture of the in­dus­try.

“Let’s try and teach our daugh­ters to be stronger and more re­silient, bet­ter at be­ing less grate­ful, more in­sis­tent on be­ing taken se­ri­ously and louder at say­ing no,” she said.

Lily Allen

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