Meghan Linsey, who had a No. 3 album in 2011 as part of Steel Magnolia and placed second on Season 8 of The Voice, just posted a powerful message about sexual assault. Linsey says the 2005 tape that revealed Donald Trump secretly bragging about sexually assaulting women caused her to speak out.
Linsey posted her story on her private Facebook account. After an outpouring of support, she gave Yahoo Music permission to reprint the post for all to see. Linsey doesn't parse words.
"When I was touring with Steel Magnolia in 2010, a very powerful man in the music business grabbed up my skirt," Linsey says. "He was groping me and proceeded to try to pick me up by my ass on a bus in front of a lot of important people. I was mortified and told him not to touch me and to put me down."
Linsey says she demanded he put her down, which "embarrassed" him.
But it gets worse. Because the following night, her attacker threatened her further. According to Linsey, he whispered a serious threat in her ear. "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," he said before laughing. "Just remember that."
Sadly, it gets worse still.
After the assault, Linsey reached out to her manager for help. Instead, she found a cold shoulder. "She told me to never breathe a word of that story to anyone ever," Linsey says. So Linsey told the head of her label. At the time, Linsey's band had a contract with Big Machine. Industry powerhouse Scott Borchetta runs that label.
"He told me the same thing," Linsey says. "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."
Disgusting. Linsey breaks down exactly what that meant for her as an artist. "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," she says.
Linsey goes on to explain why Trump's comments matter. She backs it up with harrowing statistics about sexual assaults in America. And she rightfully challenges men to do something about it. Read her full comments here.
"Real men don't talk like that," she says. "Real men don't sexually assault and rape women. Period."