In April 1991, major newspapers carried the report that actress Selene Walters claimed that, in 1952, Reagan, when he was president of the Screen Actors Guild, had raped her in her home. The charge was initially publicized in Kitty Kelley's unauthorized biography of Nancy Reagan and then repeated in a People magazine interview with Walters. "I opened the door," Walters told the magazine. "Then it was the battle of the couch. I was fighting him. I didn't want him to make love to me. He's a very big man, and he just had his way." According to Kelley, Walters shared contemporaneous accounts of the encounter with friends. No physical evidence has been produced to support the allegation. No legal action, civil or criminal, was taken against Reagan based on the allegation.
- Gipper the Ripper? by Jack Shafer, Slate, March 5, 1999