Comedian who called out Harvey Weinstein reveals she has been raped THREE times by men who ‘took away a decade of her life’ – and laments not ‘punching up harder’ at disgraced mogul
- Comedian Kelly Bachman compared Harvey Weinstein to Freddy Krueger during her set last week
- She then added to the audience: ‘I didn’t know we had to bring our own Mace and rape whistles!’
- The disgraced mogul was attending an actors and comedians showcase at a New York City bar, and Bachman was hocked when she started getting booed
- The comedian, 27, reveals that she has been raped three times and lost the past decade of her life due to the assaults
- ‘I’m tired of losing friends and family because of rapists. I’m tired of losing sleep because of rapists,’ writes Bachman
- She closes out buy writing: ‘I just wanted to let all of the rapists know what I think of them, and then get back to telling jokes. So that’s exactly what I did’
The young woman who confronted Harvey Weinstein at a bar in New York City last week has revealed the trauma she suffered after being raped three times.
In an op-ed for The New York Times comedian Kelly Bachman writes that she has ‘lost a decade of her life’ as a result of the attacks.
‘Last Wednesday, I walked into a bar to perform stand-up, and noticed Harvey Weinstein sitting in the room,’ writes Bachman.
‘I didn’t know what to say, but I wanted to say something, so I made a joke that questioned why the event organizers had invited him to the show. Some people booed and one person told me to “shut up.”‘
She then adds: ‘I let the room know that I have been raped, and cursed at the monster I wasn’t making eye contact with.’
Nailed it: Kelly Bachman (above) compared Harvey Weinsetin to Freddy Krueger and said she did not know there was a need to bring her mace during her set last week
Gal pal: The disgraced mogul was attending an actors and comedians showcase at a New York City bar, and Bachman was hocked when she started getting booed
Now, at the age of 27, she says that she is finally starting to move forward.
‘I’m tired. I’m tired of missing work because of a trauma episode. I’m tired of spending an entire week thinking about rapists instead of thinking about jokes,’ writes Bachman.
‘I’m tired of losing friends and family because of rapists. I’m tired of losing sleep because of rapists.’
She later explains: ‘I know that the amount of time I’ve spent thinking about three horrible nights of my life is probably the amount of time I could’ve been laughing with an audience.’
The night after the show ended up being difficult, as Bachman writes: ‘I spent the entire night after that show thinking I had let down other survivors by not punching up harder. I kept feeling that I should’ve said more, that I should’ve been stronger.
‘And I share these feelings with you not because I don’t know that I’m strong, but because I know that so many survivors feel this way all the time.’
Bachman was being filmed last week when she called out Harvey right at the start of her set.
‘I’m feeling a little tense. Anyone else? I’m a comic and it’s our job to name the elephant in the room. Do we know what that is?’ asked Bachman.
‘It’s a Freddy Krueger in the room, if you will.’
She then added: ‘I didn’t know we had to bring our own Mace and rape whistles!’
That lead to a chorus of boos ad one person even telling her to ‘shut up,’ to which Bachman responded: ‘Oh, shut up? This kills at group therapy for rape survivors!’
Bachman closed her piece by talking about what she hopes to do moving forward, and what she would like others to do for her and her fellow victims.
‘A lot of the work in calling out rape, rapists and rape culture unfortunately still falls on survivors. We are the ones screaming out while others fall silent, boo or demand we “shut up,”” writes Bachman.
‘I want other people to speak up for us so that we don’t have to. I want it to become normal to name the elephant in the room. And I don’t ever want to become comfortable sharing space with a monster.’
She then bring it back to her confrontation to Weinstein.
‘When I stood onstage last Wednesday, I remember thinking that I really just wanted to get back to my set. I didn’t want to lose even 10 more minutes of my life to a rapist,’ she explains.
‘I just wanted to let all of the rapists know what I think of them, and then get back to telling jokes. So that’s exactly what I did.’