Marcia Clark opens up about being raped and a host of other topics in candid interview

(L) Clark during the OJ Simpson trial in 1995. (POOl/AFP/Getty Images); (R) Clark in 2011. (Wikimedia)

For the last two months, former Los Angeles prosecutor Marcia Clark has been back in the spotlight thanks to the FX network’s 10-episode miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. At first, Clark was skeptical about the series and having to relive a time of her life that she describes as a “nightmare.” But her portrayal in the drama has been favorable and in an in-depth and courageous interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clark said she enjoys the show, which she watches in the company of friends. Clark said she was never consulted by the show’s writers or producers and said that she was never invited to a screening of the show before it began airing. She added that even if she’d been invited, she wouldn’t have gone. “Oh my God! Who’s going to hold me down when I run for the balcony and throw myself off?”

Clark detailed how the day the jury rendered its verdict in the O.J. trial was her last day of work as an attorney for the Los Angeles Prosecutor’s Office. “I didn’t go to work that day,” she said about the day after the trial. “I didn’t have to. The case was over. I got the kids off to school. I drove up the coast to meet my friend for lunch. I was numb. I wanted relief,” Clark recalled of the overwhelming burden that had been lifted from her shoulders. She never went back — using her vacation and leave time before finally resigning — not even to get her personal belongings.

The former prosecutor opened up on a very personal and formative ordeal that she suffered as a teenager. Clark revealed that when she was 17 years old, she was raped by a 27-year-old man. The violent incident, which she previously touched on in her memoir, occurred during a trip to Israel at a resort in Eilat. She was out to dinner with friends and a waiter had been repeatedly hitting on her. She declined his advances and, feeling tired, went back to her room early for a nap. When she woke up from the nap, she found the waiter sitting on her bed. “How he got in, I didn’t know,” Clark said. “He had a master key. And he goes, ‘I just like to watch you sleep.’ It was seven in the evening, it was early. I was really scared.” Clark said from the outset during dinner, she just had a bad feeling about the guy. But after making himself seem “totally harmless” while chatting in her room, she agreed to go out with him that evening. Eventually Clark ended up back at his room, and when she decided it was time for her to go, he had other plans. “I start to head for the door, and then he grabbed me and said, ‘You’re not going anywhere.’ He sucker punched me, threw me on the bed,” Clark remembered. “And I screamed and screamed, and he laughed and laughed and said, ‘No one can hear you.’ And they couldn’t.” She was brutally raped and suffered injuries from the crime. Apart from the horrific experience inspiring her to become a lawyer, Clark ended up burying the experience within her and told almost no one about it, even her first husband.

Clark went on to discuss a number of other intriguing aspects of her life, including struggling with depression, seeking out the help of a therapist, her relationship with co-counsel Christopher Darden in the wake of the Trial of the Century, how she makes money these days, and, perhaps most surprisingly, her time as a Scientologist.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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