Fran Drescher is opening up about how she helped police identify her rapist.
During an interview with CNN, the actress, 62, discussed the 1985 home invasion in which she and her friend were raped at gunpoint while her then-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, was “tied up and blindfolded.”
“I ended up, because I have a photographic memory, helping the police do the artist sketch of what he looked like,” she shared. “Based off of that, they were able to apprehend him.”
Though Drescher said it was “disheartening” the rapist was previously incarcerated and let go before his “rampage,” she said she has closure thanks to her attacker being convicted and sent to prison again.
“I have at least the closure, which a lot of women sadly do not have,” the actress added. “But I do, that he’s locked away now for good and will never do that again and I don’t have to think I see him every time I turn a corner.”
This isn’t the first time Drescher has opened up about the incident.
She told InStyle in 2019 about the effect it had on her afterward, saying she “didn’t really get into my feelings or my vulnerabilities.”
“I never wanted to come off as weak, so I just kind of buried it and got on with life,” she continued. “For the next 15 years I focused on working extra hard, making everybody else happy and being a caregiver. I was busy with ‘The Nanny,’ and I lived in the oxygen-thin air of other people saying how hard I worked and how nice I was.”
Drescher also encouraged other women to learn from her past and take active control of their lives.
“Don’t ignore something and hope it goes away or drive yourself into an early grave because you feel like you have too much stuff to do for everyone else,” she said. “That is a pitfall women often experience. I’m here to say, ‘Stop that!’ ”