LONDON — When a former beauty queen’s story of rape and sexual assault became public, it shocked the world, especially the women who’d been the victims.
The story, told by an alleged victim and her daughter, sparked a global movement for change.
It became a catalyst for the launch of the National Geographic Channel’s “My First Time” series, which brings together stories of the people and stories from the world of science and technology.
And the series is now the topic of a new documentary by CNN, “The Sugar Daddy,” airing tonight on CNN at 9 p.m.
The film focuses on the experiences of a man named John R. (John) Watson, who has said he was the victim of a crime committed by a group of men, and who was eventually convicted of raping and assaulting at least six women.
Watson said in a statement that he was “sad and embarrassed” about what happened, but that he hoped to change people’s minds about the impact rape and assault had on women.
“I have spent the last decade fighting to make sure that our society has a strong moral foundation for its actions and for its attitudes towards women,” Watson said.
“When I was raped and assaulted, I felt shame, guilt and anger at the time.
And I want the world to understand the pain I feel, and the trauma that I’ve been through.”
John Watson, right, and his attorney, David Ehrlich, sit together at his Los Angeles home on May 13, 2016.
Watson, the former beauty and fashion queen who says he was raped by men and that he has spent years fighting to change attitudes, said he hoped viewers of the documentary would see the “sugar daddy” in his story.
Watson’s lawyer, David M. Ehrchlich, told CNN the documentary, which will air on Thursday night, “will be the first time anyone has been able to truly understand what a man like him went through.”
“We are going to expose the men who did this, and John Watson,” Ehrich said.
Watson told CNN that he would continue fighting to have his case heard in court.
The documentary will be filmed in Los Angeles, California, where Watson has lived since 2004.
Watson is currently serving an eight-year sentence at the Santa Rita Jail.
Watson has also filed a defamation lawsuit against his former accuser, Samantha Riggs, the mother of his daughter, Samantha.
Riggs filed a lawsuit last year claiming Watson raped her and that the allegations made by Riggs were false.
In that suit, Riggs said Watson told her she would not have sex with him if he had not been with her.
“He told me if he hadn’t been with Samantha that she wouldn’t have been able,” Riggs told CNN.
“And he would have told me I’d never have sex again.”
Watson has said in court papers that Riggs has lied about his actions, and that she has tried to “influence” him by claiming to be his daughter.
Watson was sentenced to four years in prison for rape, but he was paroled after serving six years in jail.
Watson received a 10-year suspended sentence for a lesser charge.
CNN spoke to more than 100 people who were part of the “Sugar Diaries” documentary and said that most of the women and girls involved with the program had stories similar to Watson’s.
One said Watson had raped her in 2005, when she was 16 years old.
She told CNN she was told by her mother that she should have stayed at home and not had sex with her father, but her mother insisted on having sex with Watson.
Another said she met Watson at a bar, and after the bar closed, Watson told him he would take her home, and she agreed to do so.
“It was just like a scene out of a horror movie,” she said.
Riggses lawyer, Margo N. Anderson, said Watson’s case was a watershed moment for victims of sexual assault.
“We were at a turning point,” Anderson said.
When she spoke to Watson, she was in her early 30s and in a relationship.
“John Watson had been an advocate for victims and for the people who have suffered trauma because of rape,” Anderson told CNN, adding that Watson had told her that his actions were not meant to cause harm.
Anderson said Watson said he would work with victims of rape, and he encouraged them to come forward with their stories to help change the system.
Anderson also said that she had worked with survivors of sexual violence, including Riggs.
“This story is about what it means to be a survivor of rape.
I want to see John Watson and his story validated in the minds of the American people,” Anderson added.
CNN reached out to several prominent scientists who had studied Watson, including James Watson, director of the Department of Biology at Yale University, and Richard