Lily Allen has alleged that she has been the victim of sexual misconduct by a high-profile figure in the music industry.
The 33-year-old pop star, who is preparing to launch her new hard-hitting album No Shame, even claimed that she tried to report abuse to people around her but her allegations fell on deaf ears. Explaining the level of this issue, Allen then compared her incident to that of actress Rose McGowan, who led the way in exposing Harvey Weinstein and accused the movie mogul of rape.
“I’ve had things happen that I would feel uncomfortable talking about because they’re linked with lots of people I work with,” she said in an interview with the i newspaper. “People who are in control of things that affect me,” she added while confirming she had suffered sexual abuse: “But like Rose McGowan, I reported it to people around me – women! – and no-one did anything,” she continued.
“My record label have a list of priority acts, pretty much all of which have a link to the person who did something to me. I know what will happen. They’ll say, ‘Let’s try and get rid of Lily because this person is worth more to us because he makes us lots of money.’ In film and TV, you can choose not to work with any of those people again. You can move country, move out of London to LA. You can’t do that in music. It’s the same bunch of people on both sides of the Atlantic and it’s inescapable because it’s 15-year-long contracts.”