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Beacham reveals rape trauma early in career

Hannah Stubbs

Published 14/03/2016 | 02:30

Stephanie Beacham
Stephanie Beacham

Actress Stephanie Beacham has revealed that she was raped at the start of her career and that the attack "screwed up" her life.

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The 'Dynasty' star said she was assaulted in the early 1970s but the rapist was not a fellow actor.

The 69-year-old actress told the 'Sunday Telegraph' that she had also avoided rape several other times in her career.

She said the damage caused meant that she ended a relationship that could have turned into a marriage.

Beacham made her film debut in 'The Nightcomers' (1971) with Marlon Brando and later starred in 'Dynasty' spin-off 'The Colbys' as the glamorous Sable Colby.

Discussing how, early in her career, she had learned to avoid being 'touched up' and carried a £5 note sewn into her coat as "getaway money", she said: "I can remember avoiding rape several times and a couple of times not." At least one rape happened in the "very early 1970s".

She refused to reveal the name of her attacker but said that he was not a "theatrical person".

In 1973, Beacham married and had two daughters with actor and writer John McEnery. They divorced six years later.

Last year, she announced that she was engaged to Bernie Greenwood and recently starred in the BBC sitcom 'Boomers' with Alison Steadman.

Beacham said that being a rape victim had "screwed up" her life and ruined the relationship she was in at the time. Due to feeling that it was her fault, she could not admit what had happened, she said.

In controversial comments, she also discussed the idea that women could avoid being assaulted.

She said: "I don't think I'm quite politically correct for modern times. I just knew that at a certain point, I had to leave (a party) otherwise I would get into trouble and it would be my fault.

"Not because I had asked for it but I could just see that there was almost a feeling that if you aroused a man then it would be your fault."

Irish Independent

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