Amber Tamblyn is speaking out about a formerly sexually abusive relationship.
In the wake of the publication of a 2005 tape in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump graphically discussed being able to do "anything" to women because of his fame, including suddenly kissing and grabbing them "by the p----", women across social media have been sharing stories of sexual assault, harassment and abuse. And Tamblyn is one of them.
In a lengthy Instagram post on Sunday, Tamblyn revealed a former boyfriend (who she did not name) was abusive and detailed a night in which he assaulted her at a club, forcefully grabbing her by her genitals. The caption is under a photo of Trump kissing pageant queen Olivia Culpo.
“Without going into all the of the details, I will tell you that my ex did show up, and came up to me in the crowd," the actress wrote. "He’s a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my p----?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club. His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair. I screamed and kicked and cried."
Tamblyn went on to say that others intervened and stopped anything further from happening, and she was physically and emotionally scarred by the event.
“That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend’s violence for at least the next week,” she wrote. “I had a hard time wearing jeans. I couldn’t sleep without a pillow between my legs to create space.”
Tamblyn went on to say that she was afraid to speak out, afraid that her parents would see the post and be hurt.
"But you understand, don't you?" she wrote. "I needed to tell a story. Enjoy the debates tonight."
You can read Tamblyn's full post on Instagram.
In Sunday's debate the candidate denied that he was discussing sexual assault in the tape, claiming what he was saying was "locker-room talk."
“I’m not proud of it," Trump said, adding, “Nobody has more respect for women than I do."
His opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, said in the debate, “I think it’s clear to anyone who heard (the tape) that it represents exactly who he is.”