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Evan Rachel Wood Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted Twice

Evan Rachel Wood speaks onstage during the 'Westworld' panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 30, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.
Evan Rachel Wood speaks onstage during the 'Westworld' panel discussion at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 30, 2016 in Beverly Hills.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Evan Rachel Wood revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that she’s been sexually assaulted twice.

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“I’ve been raped,” the Westworld star, 29, wrote in an email to the Rolling Stone reporter. "By a significant other while we were together. And on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar. … I don’t believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism.” 

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Wood, who has described herself as gender-fluid, came out as bisexual in 2011, but said she realized she was attracted to women around age 4 or 5. “It was always talked about like a phase or something stupid, or something you were doing for attention,” she told the magazine. “You know, bisexuality is worthy of eye rolls. And I didn’t realize how damaging that was until I tried to have healthy relationships as an adult and realized 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.”

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According to the actress, the 2013 birth of her son, whom she shares with her ex-husband Jamie Bell, helped her learn to celebrate her sexuality. “I had my son, and that changed everything,” she said of her only child, whose name she has never publicly revealed. “It got me out of my own s–t. I just couldn’t be what I was not.”

Wood explained that her work on HBO’s Westworld helps her cope with some of the negative experiences in her past. “I mean, your demons never fully leave,” she said. “But when you’re using them to create something else, it almost gives them a purpose and feels like none of it was in vain. I think that’s how I make peace with it. Westworld? Good God. I left so much in that first season and never looked back.” 

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