Constance Wu says she was sexually assaulted early in her career

A story is waiting to be told by Constance Wu. In Vanity Fair’s Sept. 26 edition of “Making a Scene,” the 40-year-old actor discusses being raped in her 20s and wonders why she was so slow to recognize what had happened.

An “inspiring novelist” whom Wu had just started dating at the time allegedly assaulted her. We had dinner on our second date at a restaurant near his place, and after dinner, he said he had a gift for me. Could I come upstairs so he could give it to me? As Wu writes, “I felt a twinge of warning in my gut, but I ignored it — he didn’t look threatening or shady at all, and you’d have agreed if you’d been there.”

They kissed and did some “fooling around” after accepting his offer, but when Wu asked him to stop, Ty allegedly ignored her. As Wu recalls, he took off his pants and started putting the condom on, which made me feel uncomfortable. So I said, ‘Oh gosh, I’m sorry, I’m not ready for sex'” Wu explains. Later, Wu writes, “He smiled at me again like I was a baby kitten, held me close, kissed me, gently moved my legs apart, and then he . . . did it anyway. I didn’t fight back. I just gave up.”

Her book describes how she moved across the country, fell in love, went through heartbreak, and buried the incident. She wrote that she eventually forgot it ever happened.

Ten years later, everything came back to her. “I was on the plane from Singapore after finishing filming ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’ As I awoke from a nap, it hit me like a flood: Ty raped me. He raped me without my consent.

In the excerpt, she concludes: “Some people might say I should have fought back against Ty, but if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change my reaction that evening. I am aware of what she was going through when I was that young girl. She wasn’t yet ready to stand up to insults and derision that come with making scenes. I wouldn’t force her to do something before she was ready.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wu contends in “Making a Scene,” due out Oct. 4, that she was sexually harassed and intimidated by an unnamed producer while working on “Fresh Off the Boat.” She opened up about it at last week’s Atlantic Festival in Washington DC, saying, “I did have a pretty traumatic experience my first couple years on that show and nobody knew about it because that show was historic for Asian Americans.” I didn’t want to sully the reputation of the one show that represented Asian Americans on network television for more than 20 years.”

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