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Tiffany Haddish says she was raped by a police cadet when she was 17

The actress said she had counselling afterwards.

Tiffany Haddish has said she was raped when she was a teenager (Francis Specker/PA)
Tiffany Haddish has said she was raped when she was a teenager (Francis Specker/PA)

Tiffany Haddish has said she had to go to counselling after she was raped when she was 17.

The Girls Trip star revealed that she was attacked by a police cadet and had to seek help to deal with what had happened to her.

The 38-year-old told US Glamour magazine: “That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time, and I ended up going to counselling.”

Haddish said she reported the incident to the authorities and now protects herself by being aggressive with men.

She said: “Me just yelling out people’s names with no thought behind it is pointless. I need a plan.

“I could be a voice, but what’s a voice going to do – just keep talking? Or is there action behind it?

“I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive.

“You hear about ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody’, but that’s to keep them from hitting on me.”

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The comedian said she has also experienced male producers and directors who wield their power to try to take advantage of her.

She said: “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.”

Haddish also revisited her now-notorious anecdote about an unnamed actress who bit Beyonce at a party.

She denied that she had confirmed the culprit was Love & Basketball star Sanaa Lathan.

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She said: “I didn’t confirm shit. The reporter was like ‘Sanaa Lathan?’ I’m, like, three drinks in, so of course I was about to laugh.

“They thought I put her name out there, but I didn’t. I never said nothing. And Beyonce didn’t say nothing.

“Let the person who (bit Beyonce) bury themselves … I ain’t trying to destroy this girl. I didn’t say shit about the girl.”

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