Evan Rachel Wood has delved into her painful past to reveal that she was a victim of sexual assault− twice. Having disclosed that she suffered "physical, psychological [and] sexual" abuse in a recent Rolling Stone interview, the Westworld star opened up about her harrowing experience in a separate email to the publication.
"Yes," she wrote. "I've been raped. By a significant other while we were together. And on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar," she wrote.
"I don't believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer," she added. "Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism." She was writing after the news that Donald Trump would become 45th president of the United States.
In the candid sit down, Wood− who plays sentient android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO television series− said that she believed that her vulnerability was linked to her sexuality. The mother-of one came out as bisexual back in 2011. "It was always talked about like a phase or something stupid, or something you were doing for attention," she said.
"You know, bisexuality is worthy of eye rolls. And I didn't realise how damaging that was until I tried to have healthy relationships as an adult and realised that there was still all this shame and conditioning and stigma around my sexuality that was really affecting the way I related to people."
"I think I was taken advantage of because someone knew there was something about me that they could exploit," she continued.
Westworld revolves around the life of the human-like robots created by Dr Ford who "hosts" an amusement park for rich vacationers. It is based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by American novelist Michael Crichton and starred Yul Brynner.