This story contains descriptions of domestic violence and rape.
The death of actor William Hurt has resurfaced allegations by ex-partners Marlee Matlin and Sandra Jennings that he was physically abusive towards the women in his life.
Now another former lover is opening up about his experience of being beaten by the Oscar-winning actor, whose career has been spared stories of cruel violence.
In a test for Varietywriter and domestic violence activist Donna Kaz relives how her romance with him in the late 1970s turned into torture that only ended when he dumped her as her career took off.
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Kaz says that after they met at a Manhattan restaurant where she worked, Hurt invited her to accompany him to Los Angeles, where he was filming. Modified States.
“We lived in a bungalow on the beach in Malibu. On his days off, we swam, read poetry and had sex. But our relationship quickly turned into a different cycle,” he said. she writes.
“Bill was snapping, physically pushing me, hitting me and beating me, followed by tears, apologies and he gave me expensive gifts. When the beatings started I kicked him out. He said he was sorry. Maybe I instigated it. I just had to visit It was only after many years that I admitted that I was a victim of domestic violence.
Kaz writes that she stayed in touch with Hurt after he broke up with her in 1980, never realizing she had been abused until she began volunteering for a crisis hotline. crisis.
“As other volunteers introduced themselves as survivors, I realized I was a survivor too,” she wrote.
In 1989 Sandra Jennings, who had a child with Hurt and was suing him for palimonia, alleged that he was physically and verbally abusive and had “smashed her in the face” five days after she gave birth.
“He was having a drink and he had a personality change,” Jennings said at the time. “Then when he wouldn’t drink for a few days, he would get violent. I started seeing him, and that’s why I started going to Al-Anon meetings, but he absolutely refused to talk to anyone about it. that moment or thinking about it.
In 2010, Matlin went public with his stories of abuse from Hurt in his memoir – recalling how he berated her in a limo after she won an Oscar, asking her: “What makes you think you deserve it?”
Actress Marlee Matlin says William Hurt beat and raped her.
But Matlin described an even more gruesome scene which she says took place when Hurt came home from News broadcast got her drunk and woke her up.
“The next thing I knew was he pulled me out of bed, screaming at me, shaking me. I was scared, I was sobbing. Then he threw me on the bed , started ripping off his clothes and mine. I was crying “No, no, no. Please, Bill, no. “The next thing I remember is Bill ramming into me as I sobbed,” Matlin wrote.
The last time he beat her, she recalls: “The struggle became violent. I was afraid that I would not survive. I freed myself and ran to the phone… Before I say anything, Bill snatched the phone from my hand and slammed it down.” She left him after that.
Hurt denied abusing Jennings, but of Matlin’s accusations he said: “I remember we both apologized and we both did a lot to heal our lives. Of course I apologized and I apologize for any pain I’ve caused. And I know we’ve both grown. I wish Marlee and her family only well.
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Hurt, who had battled metastatic prostate cancer for several years, died March 13, sparking a wave of accolades. Kaz said she had to “stop her memory from sitting next to me and abusing me again.”
“While writing this, I had to let it live for a moment or two. And in that moment there was grief, regret, anger and a dream of reconciliation that will never be,” she wrote. .
“I am ambivalent that my chance of reconciliation with William Hurt will never be. I feel lucky to have survived and to have defeated him. I am thrilled to still be alive to speak my truth.”
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