Megan Linsey kept quiet about the 2001 sexual assault by a powerful man in the music business, because she was threatened that if she spoke up it would hurt her career.
She was in the duo Steel Magnolias at the time of the assault. Meghan shares her story with The Boot:
Without naming names, the The Voice runner-up recalls the assault, which happened on a tour bus in front of “a lot of important people,” in a post on her private Facebook page, which has since been reprinted on Yahoo. The man in question grabbed up her skirt, groped Linsey and tried to pick her up by her behind.
“I was mortified and told him not to touch me and to put me down. It caused quite a scene, and I could tell that he was embarrassed and angry,” the singer writes. “The next night, he came up behind me and whispered in my ear; he said, ‘I have boats bigger than you could ever imagine, and I could put you in the middle of the ocean where no one would ever hear from you again. Just remember that.’ He laughed and walked away.”
After the man’s actions and comments, Linsey says that she had chills running through her and knew that she needed to tell someone. But when she called her manager and the head of her label (she and Steel Magnolia duo partner Joshua Scott Jones were signed to Big Machine Records at the time), they both told her the same thing: “They both said if I wanted to have a career in country music then I could never say anything about it out loud, to anyone,” Linsey recalls.
“Men have done far worse things to me in the past, but this was the first time I was told I couldn’t say anything because of how it would affect my career,” she adds. “Because of how powerful he was, he could do anything he wanted to me. If I wanted to have a singing career, then I had to let him grab me wherever he wanted, and he was allowed to threaten me. It was only I who had consequences to pay if I didn’t comply.”
In her post, Linsey says that she was compelled to finally break her silence after presidential nominee Trump responded to his leaked tapes by dismissing his comments as “locker room talk.”
We applaud Meghan Linsey for being brave enough to come forward with her story. Perhaps this will help other victims feel strong enough to share their stories as well and take strides towards stopping this type of behavior.