Tiffany Haddish, 38, opened up about being raped when she was 17 years old by a police cadet during an interview for the September 2018 cover story of Glamour magazine. The comedian did not mention where the alleged incident took place but told the publication that at the time, she did report it to authorities.
Haddish revealed that the sexual assault changed her life. “That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time and I ended up going to counseling,” she said.
The Night School star also pointed out that she struggles with the idea of justice. “Me just yelling out people’s names with no thought behind it is pointless. I need a plan,” she continued. “I could be a voice, but what’s a voice going to do—just keep talking? Or is there action behind it?”
She also revealed that during her career some Hollywood executives had behaved inappropriately toward her. “I’ve had experiences where directors or producers are like [suggestively], ‘You want this job?'” the 38-year-old said. “I might get real bossy and say, ‘First off, don’t nobody want to see your little d—!’ I get loud, all that.”
Haddish explained to the publication how she learned to shield herself during interactions with men. “I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive,” she said. “You hear about, ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody,’ but that’s to keep them from hitting on me.”
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.