Constance Wu opens up about sexual assault in new book

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in Vanity Fair– Exclusive excerpts from her new book of articles titled make a sceneThe Crazy Rich Asians The star, 40, is speaking for the first time about being raped early in her career.


In the excerpt, Wu recalls being assaulted by an “aspiring novelist” named Tai on their second date.


“I felt a tingle of warning in my intuition, but I ignored it – it didn’t a look threatening or shady in any way, and if I had been there, I would have agreed,” Wu wrote of his invitation to go to his place.


After the two started intimate, Wu asked them to stop but Tae continued. The Fresh from the boat The alum did not resist.


“Some people might say I should have fought Tay,” she wrote at the end of the excerpt. “But if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change my reaction that night. Because when I think about the girl I was at the time, I understand what she was going through.”


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The actress added, “She was not yet ready to put up with the insults and ridicule that come when women make scenes I You won’t make her do anything before she’s ready.”


From that day on, Wu buried the incident, seemingly forgetting what had happened and moving on with her life: “I started to have success in my acting career – it gave me a front row seat. Underlying sexism in Hollywood and hate women.”


That all changed when she was returning from filming 2018 Crazy Rich Asians.


“I had just woken up from a nap when the realization hit me like a flood,” Wu wrote. “Tae raped me. He raped me and I didn’t do anything about it.”


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Earlier this month, Wu revealed that she She was ‘sexually harassed and intimidated’ on the ABC character set Fresh from the boat by one of the show’s producers.


Although uncomfortable with the situation, the actress said she did not come forward with the story at the time in order to protect the show and its impact on the Asian American community.


ABC representatives did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.


“The publisher really encouraged me to write [about] … I was like, ‘No, I’m done with this chapter in my life,’ ‘Woo Remember on stage to me Atlantic OceanReporter. “And then I eventually realized it was important to talk about it because I had a very traumatic experience during my first few years on this show, and no one knew it because this show was historic for Asian Americans.”


“It was the only show on network television in over 20 years that starred Asian Americans, and I didn’t want to tarnish the reputation of the only show we had,” she continued. “I kept my mouth shut for too long about a lot of the sexual harassment and intimidation I received in the first two seasons of the show.”


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Once the show became a “success” for the network, she said she felt confident to say “no” to the anonymous product.


“I’m no longer afraid of losing my job,” she explained. “That’s when I was able to start saying ‘no’ to harassment, ‘no’ to bullying, from that particular product. And so I thought, ‘You know?’ I handled it, no one should know, “You don’t have to discredit this Asian American product, you don’t have to discredit the show.” ”


But that didn’t necessarily resolve matters, as Wu pointed out, “The thing is, bad feelings don’t go away just because you’re going to do them. They inevitably come out somewhere.”


make a scene It’s out October 4th, and available for pre-order now amazon.com. woo full An excerpt from the book is available at vanityfair.com.


If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to Rainn.org.

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