Actress Kelly McGillis, known for her roles in Top Gun and The Accused, was attacked in her home last week, according to US Weekly. The attack took place in McGillis’ North Carolina house. Kelly stated she had just gotten home when she sensed she was not alone. McGillis took to Facebook to share the details of her attack with fans.
McGillis said she noticed a light on in the house as she was pulling up the driveway but Kelly just assumed she had forgotten to turn it off. As McGillis went to enter the home, the door was unlocked, and upon entering, Kelly discovered two pairs of shoes, including a pair of pink little girl sandals. Apparently, the intruder, whom police have identified as Laurence Marie Dorn according to People, brought her young child with her for the attack on McGillis.
As Kelly tried to escape to phone police, Dorn began to scratch and punch her in an attempt to grab her phone. McGillis was able to eventually break away, drive off in her truck, and flag down “a good Samaritan,” according to Kelly’s harrowing account. Despite the obvious trauma suffered by McGillis, she expressed a deep sense of compassion for the intruder’s daughter.
“But who I feel heartache for is the little girl that was with her,” McGillis wrote. “Mental illness takes many hostages. I don’t know her name…but I would like to asked that you pray for her and her mother.”
The day after sharing the news of her attack, Kelly once again took to Facebook to answer questions and concerns. After explaining that she had an alarm that she forgot to set and dogs that seemed traumatized, McGillis stated she had made the decision to go for her conceal and carry permit to have a gun.
With the recent mass shooting in Orlando and the current push for new gun laws, Kelly’s announcement came as a surprise to many as McGillis is both a lesbian and outspoken about gun law reform. Those who have followed McGillis since the height of her career, however, are well aware of Kelly’s past history of trauma.
In 1982, McGillis was brutally raped by two men in her own home. Kelly bravely shared that story with People in 1988. But as McGillis went on to explain on her Facebook, she has suffered at the hands of violence multiple times, including rape as a 12-year-old child, being held at gunpoint in college, and being stalked by a former girlfriend. Kelly’s response to her most recent attack by a complete stranger in her own comes as a result of McGillis being fed up.
“The incident Friday night has now pushed me over the edge. It has been my tipping point. No I am not a victim. I am a survivor,” McGillis wrote in her June 18th Facebook post. “I am now left with all the terrifying feelings of PTSD and trying to pull
myself out of the very depth of the all consuming depression and despair.”
The Facebook post from McGillis was even more disheartening, as she described that her neighbors admitted to hearing her screams for help last week yet did nothing:
“That is the kind me of world we live in. No one is willing to help their neighbor, the stranger, their brother or sister, the orphan or the widow. That’s why I am going to start carrying a gun,” Kelly conceded.
While multiple celebrities spent Friday shaming the GOP and cheering for the Democratic sit-in, just a week after being attacked in her home, Kelly McGillis posted a “thank you” to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office for helping her obtain her conceal and carry permit.
[Kelly McGillis cover image by Arthur Mola/Getty Images.]