90210 Season 3 Scoop: How Will Naomi React to Sexual Assault?

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Season two of 90210 concluded with a disturbing scene: Naomi stuck in a room with Mr. Cannon, seemingly on the verge of getting raped.

In interviews with TV Guide, 90210 cast and crew members made it clear that this horrible action did, indeed, take place - and a chunk of season three will be devoted to the fallout from it.

"A lot of time, people keep this kind of thing inside for years. They can't tell anyone," AnnaLynne McCord told the magazine. "We're going to show a range of what can go wrong when you do that. There will be times Naomi can appear to be a bit crazy because she's trying to cover up what happened to her."

AnnaLynne McCord Promo Photo

According to 90210 producer Rebecca Sinclair, "Naomi feels deeply disempowered by the rape, and tragically - and mistakenly-  feels like she's to blame."

How will her friends react to the incident, which Naomi keeps quiet, but over-compensates for by acting in an even more over-the-top manner than usual?

"She's going through some dark stuff, and Naomi's way of dealing with it is trying to be who she thinks everyone sees her as: the sexy, confident girl," said Jessica Stroup. "She's hooking up with all the guys, even the ones who are taken. She's just really pushing it and Silver, being her best friend, eventually picks up that it's an act."

Issues don't get much more serious than rape, of course, something Sinclair says she's very much aware of.

"When a teenage girl who prides herself on being sexy, on dressing and acting in a way that's sexually provacative, is forced to be sexual with someone against her will, it's deeply confusing," said the producer. "Naomi, like every single teenage girl alive today, gets a lot of mixed messages about whether it's okay or not to be sexual... I think that deep down she wonders if she's being punished for something."

That isn't the case, of course, as Sinclair assures viewers: "Justice will be served."

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The whole thing w/what Silver's character is depicted in a very real way. It's hard to trust someone she loves so much when they lie to her face over and over. I have been that girl. My mom used to lie about the little things to me as I've been growing up. Then with my last bf, I had overwhelming trust issues when he says he hasn't had any alcohol or weed in his system, when I clearly smelled it or came across the bottles, ashes or green. Then to have your best friend lie to your face over and over---enough is enough! She maybe silly about the whole situation, but it makes for a great show. That's how I reacted to things myself! (That's not including the upset for them not trusting you enough to tell you the truth.) Wait til she finds out that Mr. Cannon's been lying too! Poor girl! She seems to be a target for lies!


What they're showing is very real and personal to me as I have been a victim of acquaintance rape myself. I didn't realize that I'm probably still dealing with it until I have been watching it on 90210. They're doing a great job depicting the possible outcomes of such a heinous, humiliating, dis-empowering act done by someone they were supposed to trust. I can't wait to see how the rest of the season pans out. GO NAOMI!


I feel bad for Naomi mainly for no one believes her. But I think no one believing her is what she deserves for making up all the lies about Canon. By the way cannon is a $%^ because of what he does to teenage girls and Ihope he goes away and does hard time. I think Silver is being dumb about teddy and canon and maybe she might see what who canon really is. annie I don't care about and also i don't care about ade so that is it for my response.


How will she react? With bad acting I am sure.


I hate this story already. Mainly because I don't think they can pull it off. (They being McCord AND the writers)


I hope they do this right. I'm crossing my fingers.

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