US comedian and actress Amy Schumer says she was “flat-out raped” at the age of 17.
She opened up during a discussion with broadcaster Katie Couric about women in the #MeToo movement who have spoken out about sexual harassment and abuse.
Schumer, 36, had previously revealed her own harrowing experience, writing in her 2016 memoir, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, that her first sexual experience at age 17 was not consensual.
She told Couric in the new interview: “I’ve been flat-out raped.”
She added: “But there are so many other kinds of sexual misconduct.
“We’ve all – every woman I know, every woman in this room – we’ve all had these experiences. And in this current climate, it brings these things up and you go ‘God, none of that was okay’.
“And I’m somebody who journals, I kept journals and I read back and I go, ‘I just feel so bad for that girl. Why didn’t you get up and leave?’ And sometimes, you do and sometimes you just do it.”
Schumer said women should make no excuses when it comes to behaviour that makes them uncomfortable.
She also said the #MeToo movement could teach men how to “evolve” their behaviour.
“A lot of the men in my life are open to self reflection and evolving and I am.”
During the conversation for Couric’s podcast, the star also spoke about a woman’s sexual misconduct claim against Aziz Ansari, who Schumer said “has been my friend”.
Schumer said: “I don’t think anyone wants to see Aziz’s career ruined or his life ruined or anything like that, but that’s where people’s minds go.
“They go ‘does he deserve this?’ And it’s really not about that. I think it’s about expressing and showing women that that behaviour is not okay and not only can you leave, but you need to leave.
“Because then the women who come after you, you’re leaving a mark for them too.”
She added of Ansari: “He’s been my friend and I really feel for the woman. I identify with all the women in these situations.
“Even if it’s my friend, I don’t go ‘oh, but he’s a good guy’. I think: ‘What would it feel like to have been her?'”
A 23-year-old woman claimed that during a date with Ansari, several sexual acts occurred even though she was “physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested”.
Speaking to Babe.net, the unidentified woman said she told Ansari she didn’t want to feel forced into sex, and claimed that though he expressed understanding, he allegedly kept trying to kiss her.
In a statement to People magazine, Ansari said he and the woman engaged “in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual”.