“Today” show host Savannah Guthrie saw a different side to Ellen DeGeneres during a candid interview when the usually upbeat and light-hearted comedian got angry while discussing the treatment of sexual assault victims.
DeGeneres’ anger comes after Donald Trump openly mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s account of sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a rally on Tuesday. Trump derided Dr. Ford to laughs from his supporters, accusing her of “not remembering” when or where the alleged assault took place despite the fact that Dr. Ford supplied specific details of the time and place of her assault during her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Well, as a victim of sexual abuse, I am furious at people who don’t believe it and who say, ‘How do you not remember exactly what day it was?'” DeGeneres tells Guthrie. “You know, you don’t remember those things. What you remember is what happened to you and where you were and how you feel.”
“I think anybody who has gone through it, right now, is watching this so angry because you know, how dare you not believe us?” she adds.
Earlier this week, DeGeneres spoke about being sexually assaulted at the age of 15 when actress Busy Philipps appeared on her talk show discussing her own rape at age 14.
“When I watched Dr. Ford… anyone who has had something happen to them, you just get so angry when someone doesn’t believe you or says, ‘Why did you wait so long?'” she said during their conversation. “It’s because we’re girls and we’re taught not to say anything and go along with it. So you at 14, me at 15, God knows how many people in this audience have had something happen.”
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