"I thought I was gonna die," Milano said through tears.
Actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano broke down in tears earlier this week sharing her story of sexual assault when she was 19 years old.
The activist visited Senator Susan Collins office in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to discuss her vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Balsey Ford. Since the women were unable to speak to Collins, Milano created a "human microphone" by having the other women repeat words of her story, as she recalled her assault in detail. Milano posted the emotional video of her speech to her Twitter.
I told one of my #MeToo stories in @SenatorCollins office. I was with her constituent. We asked to speak with Senator Collins. She hid.
"My name is Alyssa. When I was 19 years old, I was at a concert of a very famous pop star who told the crowd to get closer to her," she began in the video. "This resulted in a stampede. People were smashed against each other. I couldn't breathe. I thought I was gonna die. From behind me, I felt a hand up my skirt and I was punched repeatedly in the vagina. I couldn't turn around."
"I looked to the stage, and I looked to the security guards, and I said, 'Please help me.' And they couldn't help me," she continued. "They shook their heads. I managed to break free and I climbed up the stage to get away from my predator. And I turned around and I didn't know which one it was. And I looked to the sea of people and I couldn't find him. And I couldn't report because I didn't know who it was to report. And I didn't tell anybody because I didn't know who it was to tell on. And I kept the secret just like Dr. Ford kept her secret for decades."
Milano, who has been an open critic of President Donald Trump and prominant voice in the #MeToo movement, was present at Dr. Ford's testimony of Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault last week. When Kavanaugh was first accused last month, Milano sparked a movement on Twitter, #WhyIDidntReport, and shared her story of assault. Other stars, such as Lili Reinhart and Ashley Judd, followed suit and came forward with their stories.
Despite Milano telling her traumatic tale Wednesday in front of Collins' office, the Republican senator gave a lengthy speech at a press conference Friday and announced that she would be voting yes on Kavanaugh, despite Ford's allegations. Billy Eichner, Jeffrey Wright, Ike Barinholtz** and other stars took to their Twitter accounts to share their outrage with Collins' decision, as well as encouraging their followers to vote in the midterms this November.
See some of the tweets below.
Don't let this performance fool you. If @SenatorCollins believed in #MeToo she would have opened the door when I was in her office to hear stories of constituent survivors.
GRAB EVERY SINGLE PERSON YOU KNOW AND VOTE ON NOV 6th or in EARLY VOTING BEFORE NOV 6th. THIS IS NOT A JOKE. SUSAN COLLINS, WE WILL NEVER FORGET THIS, YOU TOXIC, SELF HATING REPUBLICAN CREEP. REGISTER TO VOTE HERE: https://t.co/NYjHB4FGTX
Susan Collins turns her back on women who have been traumatized by sexual assault. Elections have consequences. To start turning the ship of state back towards the rule of law, decency, truth, and the preservation of Democracy, Nov.6 has to be a lot more than a blue wave. VOTE!!!
Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.