‘Dallas’ Star AnnaLynne McCord Reveals She Was Raped At 18

AnnaLynne McCord revealed some serious confessions in an essay penned for Cosmopolitan. The "Dallas" actress says she was raped at 18 by someone she knew and even contemplated suicide.

"When I was 18, I moved to Los Angeles to audition for roles," McCord wrote. "One night, a guy friend called. He said he needed a good night's sleep for a meeting, as he'd been crashing on someone's couch. I had known him for some time, so I said to come over and I set him up with a clean towel. We sat on the bed and talked for a while, then I fell asleep. When I woke up, he was inside me." 

"At first, I felt so disoriented and numb, I closed my eyes and pretended to be asleep. I wondered if I had done something to give him the wrong idea. I felt afraid of making him angry. Believe it or not, I didn't want to offend him. I just wanted it to be over," she continued.

McCord sought help through family and friends, who showed her it was okay to feel violated.

"My friend's reaction surprised me: He was so angry. I realized I was allowed to feel angry too," the "Nip/Tuck" star explained. "I told another friend, and she burst into tears. Again, I thought, I'm allowed to feel like this. I told my boyfriend. I told my older sister, Angel. It was another step." 

She had a major fight with her then-boyfriend, which got her thinking about ending her life.

"I lay on my bed in a hotel in Madrid for days, feeling increasingly alone and hopeless," McCord recalled. "I had pills and water in hand and thought seriously about killing myself. I didn't fear death - it felt like a solution." 

McCord sought professional help and began reading, writing poetry, and volunteering with abuse victims in Cambodia. She relived the tragic experience during a scene for "90210," which she felt was educational to viewers.

"When I was on '90210' a few years ago, the character I played, Naomi, was raped by someone she knew. I welcomed the story line, thinking it was impor­tant for viewers," she explained.

"I memorized my lines and rehearsed the scenes. I felt ready to go. Then when the cameras were rolling on an intense scene - a fight with an unsupportive friend after the assault - I broke down, sobbing uncontrolla­bly. My cast mates thought I had done a great job playing the part. They had no idea that I had actually been sexually assaulted by someone I knew in real life."

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