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The most shocking thing Gabrielle Union went through at gunpoint.



The most shocking thing Gabrielle Union went through at gunpoint. 49



Gabrielle Union has always been open about being raped at gunpoint as a teenager, and her most recent horrifying recounting of the awful crime is no exception.

In 2014, the Being Mary Jane actress branded herself a rape survivor, stating that she was sexually raped at gunpoint while working at a Payless ShoeSource.

Gabrielle’s comments (and the continuing Harvey Weinstein scandal) have encouraged women in Hollywood to reveal their own experiences of survival, which she addresses in her new novel We’re Going to Need More Wine.

Glamour released the whole extract about the ordeal from her book.

Gabrielle talked about her time as a 19-year-old working at a local Payless shoe store. A former employee of the business was robbing local stores throughout her tenure there, but while corporate knew about it and knew the man’s identify, the current employees didn’t.

That man came into Gabrielle’s store late one night. She thought something was strange about him right away, but she remained courteous and professional.

She heard her coworker scream from the register around fifteen minutes before closing. The guy was standing there with a revolver drawn, demanding the money from the register.

He ordered the two young ladies into the storage after expressing unhappiness with the amount of cash on hand, shoving the pistol into Gabrielle’s back. He instructed them to remove their clothing.

‘The man marched us into the storeroom, pressing his gun into my back. He said, “Take off your clothes.”

‘Mind you, I was n-ked in a second. It never occurred to me to say no.

‘He crammed us both into the tiny bathroom and then, seconds later, ordered me to come out.

‘He threw me to the ground and was suddenly on me, spreading my legs as he kept the gun on my head,’ she wrote. ‘As he raped me, I began to hover over myself. I could see the whole room. I looked at that poor crying girl and thought, Things like this happen to bad people. Things like this don’t happen to people like me.