Naomi’s troubles with Mr. Cannon are FAR from over!
When we last left Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord) in the season finale of 90210, she was caught in a pretty bad situation with her teacher Mr. Cannon (Hal Ozsan.) He had her alone in a classroom and, to put it bluntly, it was implied that he was about to rape her. But did he really do it? What’s going to happen to fun-loving Naomi after this traumatic event? Well, we got a pretty big hint from AnnaLynne when we saw her May 20 in NYC at Express’ 30th anniversary party, hosted by Vogue.
“For me, it’s important to let all teenagers know, and all women know, if you’re violated you have to speak up,” AnnaLynne, 22, told HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “I think that you’re gonna see how Naomi doesn’t do that and the bad effects that come along with not saying something because violators are repeat offenders, they violate again.”
So it sounds like Mr. Cannon really did force himself onto Naomi, and she’s going to be keeping the secret to herself for a while. 90210 will be taking a pretty serious turn next season, and AnnaLynne is really going to have to dig deep to act for her intense new storyline. But after seeing her acting chops (particularly as the twisted Eden on Nip/Tuck) we have no doubt she’ll be able to pull it off!
It also sounds like the sexual assault Naomi deals with is an issue close to AnnaLynne’s heart. “I work with an anti-trafficking organization, and I work with sexually abused victims all the time,” she told us. “This is something that keeps going on cause no one says anything … and I told everyone on the carpet today … if you don’t have anyone else to talk to, contact me and I will do something about it because you have to talk to someone. One out of four women are raped in their lifetimes and that should NOT be a statistic at home, certainly not one that big!”
Did you miss the 90210 season finale? Watch the intense final scene between Naomi and Mr. Cannon below:
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