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Mena Suvari bravely reveals she is a sex abuse survivor

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Mena Suvari has bravely revealed she was raped at the age of 12 and was a “victim of repeat sexual abuse”.

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The actress shot to global fame when she was 20 due to her starring roles in teen comedy ‘American Pie’ and drama ‘American Beauty’ and although it seemed as though she was living out her dreams, Mena has now admitted she was “living a double life” trying to process the abuse she had experience over several years.

In her new book, ‘The Great Peace: A Memoir’ – which is being serialised by PEOPLE – she writes: “Between the ages of 12 and 20, I was the victim of repeated sexual abuse.”

In the tome, Mena reveals she was raped by a friend of one of her older brothers – who she refers to as “KJ” – despite her desperately trying to stop him.

The ‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ star wrote that he pressured her to have sex with him after her family moved to Charleston, South Carolina, with Mena telling him: “No, I don’t want to do that.”

Her attacker then raped her in a private room at his family home.

She recalls: “Part of me died that day. He used me, had fun with me and then disposed of me. He called me a whore.

‘I never got to have a healthy expression of [sex]. My choice was lost. And that, compiled with already not feeling seen and heard, established a concept that I would have of myself. That that was my value.”

Mena, now 42, then moved to Hollywood to become an actress at the age of just 15 but still blamed herself over the rape because she had “allowed it to happen”.

Due to her feeling that she didn’t have “any other options or was worthy of a life that was any different” when a manager she trusted then forced her to have a sexual relationship with him she did not resist.

She said: “By this time my family had pretty much fallen apart.

“My mother had moved out and wanted to find herself and my father [who was much older] was in decline mentally and physically. I didn’t feel like I had any other options or was worthy of a life that was any different.”

Mena turned to the club scene and drugs to try and numb the emotional pain she felt.

She admitted: “I turned to any form of self-medicating I could find, just to get by. I was just trying to survive.”

Then when she was 17, Mena met “Tyler” and embarked on a three-year relationship with him, however, he was sexually and emotionally abusive to her and forced her to have threesomes with other women, making her pick up girls from clubs. Due to her past experience of men she thought “this is how relationships are: the screaming, the name calling, the abuse”.

She was eventually saved from that cycle of abuse and self-destruction by her movie success with ‘American Beauty’ winning five Oscar and that success and recognition gave her the strength to leave Tyler and reclaim her life.

Mena met her future husband Mike Hope in 2016 on the set of her Hallmark movie ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’, with the pair getting wed in August 2018 and having their son, Christopher, in April 2021.

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Justin Hartley Shares Loving Message to ‘Beautiful’ Wife Sofia Pernas on Her Birthday

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Justin Hartley is wishing his wife Sofia Pernas a happy birthday!

On Saturday (July 31), the 44-year-old This Is Us actor took to his Instagram to send love to his wife on her 32nd birthday.

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“Happy Birthday to my beautiful Sofia! This amazing woman makes me laugh out loud every single day. Here’s to taking down oysters all over the world! I love you very much!” Justin captioned the post, while sharing a bunch of photos of he and Sofia.

Sofia then took to the comments, writing, “Can’t wait. I love you! 💕”

It was revealed back in May that Justin and Sofia had very quietly tied the knot.

The former Young and the Restless co-stars began dating in early 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic.

Make sure you check out the sweet tribute Justin wrote to daughter Isabella on her 17th birthday!


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Kathy Hilton Talks Paris’ Documentary and Depression After Learning of Her Abuse, RHOBH Prank and New Show Concept

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Kathy Hilton shares what caused her to fall into a depression before revealing what concerned her about her martini prank and dishing on the type of show she’d love to star in.

Kathy may just have a friend role on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but she’s quickly become a fan favorite due to her unexpected goofy behavior. In fact, some of her one-liners, including, “Who is Hunky-Dory,” have quickly become iconic in the Bravo world.

Nevertheless, the new reality star got serious for a moment in a new interview when she was asked about her eldest daughter’s troubling documentary titled This Is Paris. If fans recall, Kathy took some heat from Paris Hilton‘s fans after The Simple Life alum revealed she was abused while attending a school for troubled youth in Provo, Utah, that her parents had sent her to.

Kathy has never really discussed Paris’ revelation in great detail, but she got candid about the situation when asked if she knew about the alleged abuse prior to the documentary.

“No,” she quietly told Bustle. “I don’t think at that point that she even knew the question [about her schooling] would be asked. I kept thinking to myself, ‘Why wouldn’t [Paris] say something? Why would she not say something?’ I also got into such a depression. I didn’t want to talk to Paris about it too much until I had talked to a therapist.”

Kathy, who says she has also heard from close friends whose kids also suffered abuse at that school, admits she hasn’t been able to bring herself to watch the documentary.  “Let’s just put it this way: I’ve seen the little trailer things, and I would not watch that documentary,” shared Kathy, adding that she is very proud of her daughter for speaking out. “She’s already passed laws and helped people.”

Meanwhile, she also discussed RHOBH and the epic martini prank she played on her co-stars. Though she knew the joke would be funny, the 62-year-old admitted she was also a bit concerned about how the women would react.

“I knew it would be hysterical, but then again I took the chance,” she explained. “What if they got mad at me? That worried me a little bit.”

Speaking of pranks, Kathy isn’t quite sure if she’ll return for season 12 just yet, but she thinks she has a great concept for another show.

“I would love to be an Uber driver, and sell treats in the front seat,” she explained while pitching the show idea. “I’d like to have a thermos of coffee, gifts in the trunk, snacks, food, LA Dodgers hats, things that they could shop. And I would love for them to tell me where to turn. And then I’m just going to go the wrong way and drive them crazy. And then ask them if they would like a coffee or a treat, and then say to them, ‘That will be 35 cents for the coffee.’ And we have gifts. Where are you going? You’re going down to the beach, you need sunblock? Towels? A beach hat? And have all these things, but then give these very minimal prices. And then explain to them that we’re going to pull over, because we have to kind of settle this up, because this is not part of the Uber. Twenty-five cents, 10 cents for the doughnut. Wouldn’t it be funny?”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 11 airs Wednesday nights on Bravo at 8/7c.

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Kriti Sanon on pay disparity in Bollywood: Patriarchal mindset is so normal but we’re slowly growing

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Actress Kriti Sanon has some quite interesting projects lined up ahead, including Om Raut’s Adipurush, Bachchan Pandey and more. While she is busy working on her projects, she took some time out and in a recent interview opened up on the pay disparity between actors and actresses. The Luka Chuppi actress believes that the patriarchal mindset is so normal that it will take a little time to alter and grow. 

In an interview with ETimes, Kriti Sanon said, “Yeah, when I do pulling the audience specially when the festival revolves more around my character, its on me, there will be more and more producers, who would feel the confidence of banking the film on me. I feel like its a circle, it kind of will even get that pay disparity. That’s how you grow I feel, in life. The only thing that I had pointed out which happens is when a male and a female actor have a similar kind of role, I feel like men don’t have to prove by having the film solely on them, to grow and to increase their price and somewhere females, sometimes have to prove it more by such kind of films, which is what I felt is a very weird difference. But I think we’re slowly growing and things are changing”. 

The actress further added the patriarchal mindset is so normal that it will take a little time to change and to grow. During her interview, Kriti was pointed out that the actresses like Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan, Anushka Sharma have fought for pay disparity and getting women-centric roles, Kriti said, “That’s what I was about to say, the day we’ll stop saying female-centric because we never say male-centric. So, I think these small changes when they start coming and it kind of actually becomes equal in our heads when we don’t have any difference, these other differences of pay parity will also somewhere start balancing.” The actress further added that it should be content-centric. 

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Kriti Sanon on working with Prabhas in Adipurush: ‘He is very chilled out and humble’
 


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