×

Lily Allen Opens Up About Alleged Sexual Assault by Music Executive

Lily Allen says the music industry is “rife” with abuse, and it’s something she’s experienced first hand.

During an interview with the Guardian Weekend magazine, the British pop star spoke candidly about her sexual assault experience and toxicity in the music industry, revealing new details from her upcoming memoir “My Thoughts Exactly,” which will be published later this month.

Although Allen has discussed her assault generally in the past, this is the first time she has offered up specific details about the unnamed executive who allegedly assaulted her in his hotel bed. After drinking and getting “smashed” at a party, Allen said a powerful industry figure brought her to his hotel room to help her sleep it off. However, she apparently awoke to him sexually assaulting her while she slept.

“I woke up at 5am because I could feel someone next to me pressing their naked body against my back. I was naked, too. I could feel someone trying to put their penis inside my vagina and slapping my arse as if I were a stripper in a club,” Allen told the magazine. “I moved away as quickly as possible and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm … I found my clothes quickly … and ran out of his room and into my own.”

According to Allen, music industry insiders have largely ignored the #MeToo movement, resulting in “a potent mix of sex, youth and availability” that has affected many singers and their careers. Allen herself was punished, she said, after refusing to take part in a gig by Radio 1 when she found out that her assaulter would also be present.

In the future, Allen said she hopes that the next generation will be more prepared to deal with the predatory nature of the industry. “Let’s try and teach our daughters to be stronger and more resilient, better at being less grateful, more insistent on being taken seriously, louder at saying no,” she said.

More Music

  • U2

    U2 on Track for One of the Highest-Grossing Tours of 2018

    Lily Allen says the music industry is “rife” with abuse, and it’s something she’s experienced first hand. During an interview with the Guardian Weekend magazine, the British pop star spoke candidly about her sexual assault experience and toxicity in the music industry, revealing new details from her upcoming memoir “My Thoughts Exactly,” which will be published […]

  • Three Great New Narrative AR and

    New AR/VR Worth Watching This Week: 'Crow,' 'Wonderscope,' 'Age of Sail'

    Lily Allen says the music industry is “rife” with abuse, and it’s something she’s experienced first hand. During an interview with the Guardian Weekend magazine, the British pop star spoke candidly about her sexual assault experience and toxicity in the music industry, revealing new details from her upcoming memoir “My Thoughts Exactly,” which will be published […]

  • Daniel GlassUJA-Federation of New York's Music

    Glassnote Music Strikes Strategic Partnership With Kobalt’s AWAL

    Lily Allen says the music industry is “rife” with abuse, and it’s something she’s experienced first hand. During an interview with the Guardian Weekend magazine, the British pop star spoke candidly about her sexual assault experience and toxicity in the music industry, revealing new details from her upcoming memoir “My Thoughts Exactly,” which will be published […]

  • The Chainsmokers Production Company

    Chainsmokers Drop New Song Called ‘Beach House’; Beach House Has No Comment

    Lily Allen says the music industry is “rife” with abuse, and it’s something she’s experienced first hand. During an interview with the Guardian Weekend magazine, the British pop star spoke candidly about her sexual assault experience and toxicity in the music industry, revealing new details from her upcoming memoir “My Thoughts Exactly,” which will be published […]

  • David Foster Gets Back Into Production

    Fostering Michael Bublé’s Star Power: A Retired Super-Producer Steps Back In

    Lily Allen says the music industry is “rife” with abuse, and it’s something she’s experienced first hand. During an interview with the Guardian Weekend magazine, the British pop star spoke candidly about her sexual assault experience and toxicity in the music industry, revealing new details from her upcoming memoir “My Thoughts Exactly,” which will be published […]

  • Crazy Love Michael Buble

    Michael Bublé Reevaluates His Album Catalog... and the Mood Behind Each One

    Lily Allen says the music industry is “rife” with abuse, and it’s something she’s experienced first hand. During an interview with the Guardian Weekend magazine, the British pop star spoke candidly about her sexual assault experience and toxicity in the music industry, revealing new details from her upcoming memoir “My Thoughts Exactly,” which will be published […]

  • Michael Buble Walk of Fame Honor

    Michael Bublé Talks Albums and Amour Ahead of Getting Hollywood Star Treatment

    Lily Allen says the music industry is “rife” with abuse, and it’s something she’s experienced first hand. During an interview with the Guardian Weekend magazine, the British pop star spoke candidly about her sexual assault experience and toxicity in the music industry, revealing new details from her upcoming memoir “My Thoughts Exactly,” which will be published […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content