January 19, 2018
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Anika Noni Rose opened up to SiriusXM about being sexually assaulted on plane last year.
“I have never spoken of this, but I will say this out loud now: I was assaulted on a plane last year. And I haven’t been able to get this person’s name; they won’t give me the name of the person.”
According to reports, the Tony winner said the incident happened without warning and that she didn’t even know the person.
There was no, ‘Hi, how are you doing?’ And I was asleep before the plane even took off; I’m one of those sleepers. I wanted to punch that man, and I knew that that would take away from the story that I had to tell. I had to hold in everything that I was feeling to be able to tell this story and be heard and taken seriously from the place I was in. It’s been…interesting.”
And while the man was removed from the plane, Anika hasn’t been given her perpetrator’s name
“There’s a Freedom of Information act. You’re supposed to be able to get people’s names. I made a report right then with the FBI and they dropped it. They dropped the case,” she said.
The actress has since taken to social media to share a gratitude of thanks after bravely sharing her story.
Just want to thank everyone who has sent me positive thoughts and support. This is not an easy thing, but you all make me feel lifted. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/UtfJaHwMFJ
— Anika Noni Rose *DoesntNeedToSeeYourPenis* (@AnikaNoniRose) January 18, 2018