Lily Allen says the #MeToo movement has largely been ignored by music industry insiders.

The British pop star told The Guardian that it is still “rife” with abuse, something she said she had experienced first-hand.

Speaking ahead of the release of her memoir My Thoughts Exactly later this month, Allen revealed details about an incident with an unnamed executive who allegedly assaulted her in his hotel bed.  After drinking and getting “smashed” at a party, Allen said a powerful industry figure brought her to his hotel room to help her sleep it off. However, she apparently awoke to him sexually assaulting her while she slept.

“I woke up at 5am because I could feel someone next to me pressing their naked body against my back. I was naked, too. I could feel someone trying to put their penis inside my vagina and slapping my arse as if I were a stripper in a club,” Allen said. “I moved away as quickly as possible and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm … I found my clothes quickly … and ran out of his room and into my own.”

Allen said she was later “punished” for refusing to take part in a gig by BBC’s Radio 1 when she found out that her assaulter would also be present.

But despite still believing that “a potent mix of sex, youth and availability” is still exploited by some, she hopes the next generation of music stars will now be more prepared to deal with the predatory nature of the industry.

“Let’s try and teach our daughters to be stronger and more resilient, better at being less grateful, more insistent on being taken seriously, louder at saying no,” she said.

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