Who are Joan Collins' children? Actress, 88, says ex-husband Maxwell Reed raped her
Veteran actress Dame Joan Collins, 88, has claimed that her ex-husband, actor Maxwell Reed, raped her on their first date and attempted to pimp her out to “old rich men” for $13,500 (£10,000) a night. Collins opened up about the assault in a new BBC documentary.
“Basically I’m a survivor,” she said. "They used to say female stars were finished at 27, but here I am after seven decades in the business to tell you a thing or two about how to survive the perils of the profession.” Collins recalled her first meeting with Reed, saying, "The gigantic powder blue Buick drew up outside Bayswater Tube station. He had an American accent which was quite odd for a man from South London. He was 31, and I was 17 and a virgin – I knew that would cause trouble at home.”
Recounting the horror, Collins claimed that late Northern Irish film star Reed, who was 14 years her senior, spiked her rum and coke when he invited her over. “In those days, my mother would have said I was taken advantage of,” Collins recalled. “Now, we call it date rape." Collins claimed that Reed raped her and she ended up marrying the actor “out of shame". She also claimed that throughout their marriage, she was subjected to more abuse.
Collins has also accused Reed of allegedly trying to pimp her out to an elderly man. “We were in Les Ambassadeurs, a terribly chic nightclub in Mayfair,” she said. “Max had a habit of gravitating towards rich, elderly men, and I was starting to get a vague idea of what this was all about. Max told me, ‘He’ll pay you £10,000 for one night—and I can even watch.’ I looked at my handsome, loathsome husband and began to cry. ‘Never in a million years.’ I went home to Mummy.”
Who are Joan Collins' children?
Collins and Reed divorced in 1956. Reed died in 1974, and Collins later married four more times. She tied the knot with actor Anthony Newley, American businessman Ron Kass, singer Peter Holm, and current husband movie producer Percy Gibson. She had two children -- Tara and Alexander -- with Newley. Collins also had a daughter, Katyana Kennedy “Katy” Kass, with Kass.
Tara Cynara Newley was born in 1963 and is an English writer, broadcaster, and producer. She lived in Paris for two years, where she studied at The American College in Paris. This is where her poetry and journalism were first publicized. She later transferred to Boston University to study English, French, and Russian literature and poetry.
Born in 1965, Alexander Newley, also called Sacha Newley, is a British contemporary artist, portraitist, writer, and teacher. He is well known for his portrait paintings. His portraits of Nigel Hawthorne in character as King George III was commissioned by the British National Theatre to promote their premiere production of the Alan Bennett play 'The Madness of George III'.
Katyana Kass was born on June 20, 1972 in St Marylebone, London. She is an actress, popular for her role in 'The Optimists'.