Matthew McConaughey, the Academy Award-winning actor, recently dropped his explosive memoir, titled Greenlights, in which he details the past trauma he went through after getting sexually assaulted and being ‘knocked unconscious.’
The actor revealed that he “blackmailed” by his alleged rapist at the age of 15, after which he was convinced that he would “go to hell.”
"I was molested by a man when I was 18 while knocked unconscious in the back of a van,” Matthew McConaughey wrote recalling another incident of abuse.
"I’ve never felt like a victim. I have a lot of proof that the world is conspiring to make me happy,” he wrote.
While this is the first time the actor has openly spoken about being a victim of sexual violence, Matthew McConaughey has been a loud voice in raising awareness about the prevention of sexual assault through the course of his career.
Matthew McConaughey opens up about keeping details of sexual abuse under wraps
Hollywood actor,wore his heart on his sleeve in his recently-released memoir Greenlights.
And while Matthew McConaughey shared his startling claims about going through sexual abuse during his early years, he refrained from digging too deep into the trauma while penning the book.
The True Detective star now revealed why he was hesitant is detailing the experience publicly. During an appearance on the Tamron Hall show, he said: “Ultimately, there's nothing that I feel is constructive about the details."
"I feel like those details, unless I had a really good constructive way that I saw it that could be relatable to other people, I felt like those details could have just been grabbed and reported for voyeurism," Matthew McConaughey said.
"They could've been the thing that every single show was going to go 'Read about the details of when Matthew was molested,' or 'Read about when he got blackmailed,' and that's the wrong headline,” he added.
"Was I victimized in those two situations? Sure. But that doesn't mean that I've carried on through my life the feeling of 'oh I was victimized,' or 'oh I was a victim,' or that those two unfortunate events have turned me into the man that I am or are even an excuse,” Matthew McConaughey continued.
"Those two events happened to me at 15 and 18. If they would've happened to me younger maybe I would've been more confused. When they happened to me, it was very clear to me, that they were wrong, that they were not ideal, that they were not how it's supposed to be," Matthew McConaughey said.
“So I think having that clarity means that it's probably why it didn't stick with me and confuse me later on or left me having a non-realistic view of the way the world is supposed to work,” he added.