British star Penny Lancaster broke down on today’s “Loose Women” as she opened up about being drugged and sexually assaulted in her late teens.
Lancaster, 46 – who is married to Rod Stewart, 72 – was a young model when the horrific attack took place.
Speaking to fellow panelists Andrea McLean, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore, she explained: “I had a job with a fashion designer and, they took me on for a particular job and then they offered me an opportunity to meet some other people at an event they were going to and would I like to go.”
“I was like, ‘Oh, someone might me interested. I might me able to get some more work’, and that’s what you were out there doing as a model,” she added. “He was like I have to stop at my apartment and pick something up and we went up to the apartment.”
Moore then clarified: “This is one of the guys in the wider group now that we’re talking about, yeah?”
Lancaster confirmed and continued: “He had a bar in his apartment and he said ‘let me pour you a drink’ and I was like ‘okay.’ And unfortunately, the next thing I knew, I don’t even remember drinking the drink…”
Wiping away tears, the TV personality went on: “I found myself face down on the bed with him on top of me.”
“I couldn’t tell my mum or dad because I thought they would say to me, ‘why did you go back to his house?’ But, he was a client I had worked with and he promised to introduce me to other people.”
She continued: “I was just naive and I trusted him, and with the series ‘Liar’, my drink was drugged and I can’t remember much of what happened but he he was on top of me and enjoying the experience but I certainly wasn’t.”
As Sawalha reached out to comfort her, Moore shared: “The mere fact that you are sitting on the show and sharing the painful experience, it is so powerful.”
Viewers immediately took to Twitter to shower the star with praise, with one person posting: “Brave #pennylancaster on @loosewomen stay strong #penny.”
“Much love to #pennylancaster. People who speak out about these dirty predators are always going to be far better than them! #LooseWomen,” a second commented.