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Helen Mirren -- Rape Isn't Always Criminal

9/1/2008 11:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hellen MirrenThis will raise some eyebrows. Helen Mirren says she's been the victim of date-rape before, but if a woman says no at the last second, don't go whining your way into court.

CNN.com got a copy of a GQ story that's about to be published, in which Mirren calls date-rape a "tricky area," something best worked out between the parties.

Mirren says if a couple is heavy into sexual activity and the woman says "no" at the last second, technically it's rape, but, "I don't think she can have that man into court under those circumstances. I guess it is one of the subtle parts of the men/women relationship that has to be negotiated and worked out between them."

UPDATE
: Mirren's rep issued the following statement: "Helen Mirren does not dispute the accuracy of statements attributed to her in an upcoming GQ article. She merely asks that people read the article in its entirety before drawing conclusions. If they do that, she says, their conclusions will likely be far less sweeping and sensational than those drawn by some in the popular press. She does not wish to qualify any of her remarks. She just wants to avoid having them presented in inflammatory language."

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caseymt    

who cares.......

2154 days ago
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Yeddy-Bo    

Let me be the first one to say " Please Helen NO"!!!!!!!!!!
Just saying........

2154 days ago
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Elle    

In this same interview, she admits to snorting cocaine. That tells me all I need to know about her judgment.

2154 days ago
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Dick Hertz    

She's absolutely correct.

2154 days ago
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JEN2K    

ONLY A MORON WOULD PRESENT HIS ERECTION TO A WOMAN SO MENTALLY ILL SHE COULD "CHANGE HER MIND" AS THE MORON IS BEGINNING TO CLIMAX.

IF WE CAN ALL AGREE: " NO MEANS NO "

THEN WE CAN ALSO AGREE: " YES MEANS YES "

OH THATS RIGHT: PROMOTING CHAOS IN RELATIONSHIPS CREATES JOBS FOR THE PARASITES OF HUMANITY.

2154 days ago
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Sarah    

She is a complete moron. What a stupid comment to make in this day and age! Go back to the 50's where you belong biatch!

2154 days ago
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pebbles    

She has obviously NOT been date-raped, or she would NOT say something so inane. What a dumb ass!

2154 days ago
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JEN2K    

IF WOMEN EXPECT " NO MEANS NO " AS A INVIOLATE ABSOLUTE.

THEN MEN CAN EXPECT " YES MEANS YES " AS A INVIOLATE ABSOLUTE.

THERE'S EQUALITY, AND THEN THERE'S INSANITY !

2154 days ago
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hop on top    

who cares? probably the woman.

2154 days ago
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Geez    

Old hag. She says that because she is safe from being raped. Being she's archaic now.

2154 days ago
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meikel    

I agree with Helen,
It's one thing to be raped outright, a completely other to allow a guy to 'approach' and just right before it - or even during it - say "Stop". Men are mammals, and like all of them are born to multiply. Asking him to stop in a state of heightened excitement is not just unfair, but should be prosecuted.

2154 days ago
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northern gypsy    

if i'm understanding H.M. right...she's saying... today's woman should be savvy enuf...not...to get into that situation...(don't be slammin me for this )...which i agree ...

2154 days ago
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jcc    

The article I read about this elsewhere quoted her as saying she didn't think it could really be PROSECUTED, that it was a "he said, she said" deal. Do you guys really think anyone, especially a woman who's been date raped, is not against rape?
Oh, and EM, your comments that "she's safe from being raped because she's old" are patently idiotic. Old women get raped all the time, it's not about being sexually attractive.

2154 days ago
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Kelli    

I am very torn on this subject. I see both side but a woman should be smart enough to not let it go to far if she does not want to. On the other hand, no means no.

2154 days ago
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Shelly    

I think she is right. It may not be PC but she is correct. It's different if sex has not started and the guy forces himself on the woman...but if the woman initially consented and they are in the middle of heated sex.....and she all of a sudden says no...that's not rape and it should just be worked out between the two. There should be no police or court action involved.

I am a married woman......and I approve this message.........!

2154 days ago
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