Amber Tamblyn

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Following Trump tape, Amber Tamblyn describes her horrific sexual assault

Because grabbing a woman by the p***y isn't a euphemism—it's a real, criminal thing.


Jessica Machado


Posted on Oct 10, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 8:12 pm CDT

Warning: The following post contains graphic details of sexual assault. 

In response to Donald Trump‘s “grab them by the pussy” comments, actor and writer Amber Tamblyn took to Instagram on Sunday to detail a horrific incident in which an ex sexually assaulted her. 

In the post, she describes how her ex-boyfriend came up to her in a crowded club, her friends by her side, and attacked her.

He picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my pussy?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club. 

Tamblyn goes on to say that others eventually intervened, but the rest of the night is a blur, except for the physical damage he caused to her body.

“That part of my body,” she writes, “which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend’s violence for at least the next week.”

Many online are praising Tamblyn for telling her story—one that is unfortunately not uncommon in her assailant’s intent and damage. And yet there are others who thought the actor had come forward for attention or as a “spin piece for a magazine.” 

Because as we’ve learned, people won’t listen to a woman’s—or dozens and dozens of women’s claims—about a sexual predator until we catch him with a hot mic.

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*First Published: Oct 10, 2016, 1:23 pm CDT