Tiffany Haddish: I Was Raped by a Police Cadet
Tiffany Haddish may be the funniest woman on the planet.
But the rising superstar shares a story in the latest issue of Glamour that is as serious and as sad as it gets:
She was raped at the age of 17.
The Girls Trip star shared her very personal story with the aforementioned magazine this month, tearfully explaining that she still struggles with the reality of the situation to this day.
“That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time, and I ended up going to counseling,” Haddish says.
Haddish said that she did report the incident shortly after it transpired, but it continues to be something that takes a heavy toll on her. It’s still something she thinks about constantly.
All the star will really say about the situation at this point is that the rapist was a police cadet.
She won’t really get into any other specifics, for understandable reasons, of course.
However, Haddish does admit that the assault colors her personality a bit and plays a role into how she approaches the opposite sex.
“I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive,” she says.
“You hear about, ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody,’ but that’s to keep them from hitting on me.”
In that same context, Haddish tells Glamour that she has been as forceful as possible when faced with directors and producers who try to exchange acting roles for sexual favors.
Yes, this really has happened to her.
Just as it has happened to so many women in Hollywood.
“I’ve had experiences where directors or producers are like, ‘You want this job?’ I might get real bossy and say, ‘First off, don’t nobody want to see your little dick!’ I get loud, all that,” she told Glamour.
Classic Tiffany Haddish, right?
Except now we comprehend a little more why the star can come across as so loud and abrasive.
The result is often hilarious.
But the backstory behind it is anything but.
Haddish went through a divorce from William Stewart In 2013.
He denied claims that he also physically abused her (in her 2017 memoir, the actress wrote that Stewart “got violent” and that Stewart “choked” her)… but Tiffany isn’t about to allow her past experiences keep her from dating and finding the right man.
Which is not to say she’s spoken for at the moment. She’s very single and she’s open to mingling. It’s just…
“I don’t really have time. And I’ve had enough somebodies,” she tells Glamour, hilariously concluding:
“I done ran through 38 dudes, OK? Body count, yeah. Mine is 38. Write it down. Let them know. I’ve had 38 experiences.”