The Voice runner-up Meghan Linsey penned a lengthy Facebook post yesterday (Oct. 9) that revealed she was the victim of a sexual assault at the hands of a “very powerful man in the music business” during her 2010 tour with Steel Magnolia.
According to the post, Meghan felt compelled to share the story after hearing “Donald Trump’s disgusting comments about women.”
We’ve included a few choice excerpts as well as the full post below.
When I was touring with Steel Magnolia in 2010, a very powerful man in the music business grabbed up my skirt. He was groping me and proceeded to try to pick me up by my ass on a bus in front of a lot of important people. I was mortified and told him not to touch me and to put me down. It caused quite a scene and I could tell that he was embarrassed and angry.
I called my manager and she told me to never breathe a word of that story to anyone ever. I told the head of my label and he told me the same thing. They both said if I wanted to have a career in country music then I could never say anything about it out loud, to anyone.
THIS is why Donald Trump’s comments are so upsetting. This is why it’s not just “locker room talk.” Because at the end of the day, it’s NOT just talk. This is rape culture, where powerful men sexually assault women and get away with it because of “who they are.”
I want to live in a world where women don’t have to be quiet anymore. I’m tired of living in a country where 97 out of 100 rapists walk free. I don’t want a president who perpetuates rape culture and sets the already skewed standard for how men are allowed to treat women.
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