London: Joan Collins has revealed in her book that her first husband Maxwell Reed raped her on their first meeting when she was just 18 years old.
The veteran actress has said in ‘The World According To Joan’ that her introduction to sex was a violent and unhappy one.
Collins said she was a virgin when she met Hollywood heartthrob Reed and was thrilled when he asked her out.
“I was 18 going on 13, that is how young people were in the Fiftiess. ‘Maxwell picked me up at Hyde Park Corner Tube station in a powder-blue Buick,” she told the Daily Mail.
“It was amazing for me. He was my favourite movie star. I remember I was wearing a black skirt and a polo neck, with a yellow jacket.
“He took me to a place called the Country Club in Hanover Square. We walked up lots of stairs to a small, candle-lit apartment where he asked me what I wanted to drink and gave me a rum and Coke.
“It was a Mickey Finn. I was drugged. You must think I am a moron. Oh, this is such a horrible story,” she said.
She also recalled how she was offered a pornographic book while Reed went to take a bath.
“He said: ‘I am going to have a bath,’ which I thought was very strange. He then said: ‘Take a look at this book, I think you will find it interesting,” she remembered.
“Of course, it was full of disgusting, pornographic photographs.
“Now, any smart girl today would have got out of there and run down those stairs faster than a speeding bullet, but not little innocent, stupid Joan Collins, who stayed there and looked at the book.
“The next thing I knew, I was on the sofa and that was it. Then I was throwing up into a bucket,” she added.