However, the Barbadian superstar, who now resides in the US, is being defended by actress Gabrielle Union, who has issued statements in support of the pop star.
In the past, Gabrielle spoke openly about her sexual assault when she was 19, and recently wrote in a social media posting, that Rihanna’s video hits close to home for her (Gabrielle).
“During my rape, I tried 2 shoot my rapist, but I missed,” the actress, 38, tweeted. “Over the yrs I realized tht killin my rapist would’ve added insult 2 injury.”
The actress also added: The DESIRE 2 kill someone whose abused/raped u is understandable, bt unless its self defense n the moment 2 save ur life, just ADDS 2 ur troubles.”
Union also praised the video for raising awareness and encouraging a discussion about sexual abuse. “I hope tht it leads 2 HEALING & PREVENTS RAPE,” she continued, before adding, “Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they’d like justice 2 be handed out.”
(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a people.com release)