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Jaime King Reveals She Suffered 'Years of Abuse as a Minor' After Lady Gaga's Oscar Performance

by Sophie Schillaci 4:59 PM PST, February 29, 2016
Playing Jaime King Reveals She Suffered 'Years of Abuse as a Minor' After Lady Gaga's Oscar Performance

Lady Gaga has inspired Jaime King to speak out.

The 36-year-old actress made a shocking revelation on social media after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, referring to herself as a "survivor" and thanking Lady Gaga for that emotional performance.

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"Thank you @ladygaga," she wrote on Sunday, retweeting a quote from the pop star regarding a college rape statistic. "I finally felt a true healing from years of abuse as a minor in the industry. Time to be brave."

King further elaborated in an Instagram post, thanking her friends and family -- including husband Kyle Newman, pal Lena Dunham and "TS" (presumably Taylor Swift) -- for their support through the years.

"Thank you to myself to not choosing to not make this a cover story though that was what was suggested to me but to express from my heart to you all personally which felt the most honest way for me to speak," she wrote. "Thank you to my Soul, body, mind, emotions, my inner child, my younger self, I love you. It's a night of celebration, of change, of not being ashamed of your race, creed color, situation, circumstances and environment, or past. Now I am free, somewhat."

King estimates that she was about 14 years old in this photo and seemingly refers to her abuse with the words: "It started at 12. Peace Be Still."

King's rep issued a statement to ET on Monday afternoon, saying, "Jaime is a survivor and a supporter of all other survivors. She has no further comment."

Gaga provided one of the most memorable and powerful moments of Sunday's Oscars telecast, joining forces with a group of sexual assault survivors as she performed her Academy Award-nominated song, "Til It Happens to You." The song, co-written by Diane Warren, is featured in the college rape documentary, The Hunting Ground.

Gaga has previously spoken out about her own experience being raped at 19 years old.

"After my performance last night I felt a weight lifted," Gaga tweeted on Monday. "Like I didn't have to hide anymore."

Gaga does not appear to have responded directly to King on social media, but has been an outspoken supporter of Kesha in recent weeks as she remains legally embattled with producer Dr. Luke. In a lawsuit filed in October 2014, Kesha alleged that she had been drugged and raped by Dr. Luke about a decade ago. Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) has denied all wrongdoing.

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