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

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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."

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SURVIVOR - Thank you @kyle_newman for loving me whole | My children | @lenadunham for her relentless bravery that always leads my Spirit to stand up| Dr. Randy Harris for YEARS of empathy | Michael Hayes @awaketolove ~ there are no words | Dr. Allan Phillips | @erikaklein | @ladygaga | #DianeWarren for breaking me whole last night and tonight| TS I love you for being there no matter what| Thank you to the only people I have told | Thank you to @damhave ~ you know why | Thank you @hooligandreamer| Thank you @amandadecadenet | Thank you to @unwomen & all organizations that have tirelessly worked to somehow comfort & make right | 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 | 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. Thank you for the switch that went off inside finally when I realized my silence said I cannot help nor change and that is not who I am. I love you all very much for creating a safe space. The time is now. I was about 14 here, it started at 12. Peace Be Still ❤️

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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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