Gabrielle Union Reveals She Tried To Kill Her Rapist

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08:  Actress Gabrielle Union wears a blue Stella McCartney dress outside the Stella McCartney Spring 18 presentation on June 8, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)

Gabrielle Union Reveals She Tried To Kill Her Rapist

The actress gets candid.

Published October 18, 2017

Gabrielle Union's memoir, We're Going to Need More Wine, dropped this week and the actress opens up about marriage, infidelity and Hollywood. However, she also gets candid about surviving sexual assault when she was only 19.

In 1992, the actress was working at a Payless shoe store and was raped at gunpoint. In an interview with Nightline, Union, 44,  described how her life was impacted by the assault. “What happened was graphic and violent and life-changing and altering," she said. "The woman in that back room is dead and I’m the phoenix that rose from the ashes.”

The Being Mary Jane star also revealed that she tried to kill her rapist: “It was literally an out-of-body experience. That me and the me on the ground getting raped became one and I grabbed the gun and I did my best to try and kill him because I really felt I was about to die. So it was either going to be him or me, and it wasn’t going to be me, not on that day.”

We salute Gabrielle Union for telling her story, which will certainly help heal so many others. You can watch a clip of the interview below.

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Written by Renee Samuel

(Photo: Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)

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