Tiffany Haddish Says She Was Sexually Assaulted At 17 By A Police Cadet

Tiffany Haddish is a great storyteller. She shared the story of how someone bit Beyonce, her rise to fame and now she’s sharing another story that’s not as funny, but important.

Haddish opened up to Glamour, she’s their September cover star, about being sexually assaulted as a teenager, how it’s affected her life and assault in the entertainment industry.

She opened up to Glamour about being raped by a police cadet when she was 17-years-old.¬†“That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time, and I ended up going to counseling,” she said.¬†Haddish said she reported the incident.

Her assault caused Haddish to change the way she behaves around men. Most importantly how she gets hit on by men. To protect herself she’ll hit on men first instead of the heteronormative way around.

“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.”

This armor that Haddish has developed is shown in other aspects of her life. “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 d**k!’ I get loud, all that.”

Her rape wasn’t the only time the comedian was assaulted. In 2013 she divorced William Stewart and claimed that he physically abused her. Haddish wrote about the alleged abuse in her biography The Last Black Unicorn. She never drops names but says her ex-husband choked her, kidnapped her and stalked her during their five-year marriage. Stewart has denied these claims.

Haddish speaking candidly about her past and how she believes in herself and career is refreshing.

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