Loose Women star Penny Lancaster has opened up about a horrifying ordeal she experienced as a young model, when an industry figure sexually assaulted her at his apartment.
Speaking on Thursday’s episode of the daytime show, Rod Stewart’s wife bravely opened up about the moment when she was sexually assaulted by someone she had worked with, after being invited back to his apartment.
Explaining that the industry executive had promised her that he was going to take her to an event to meet other industry figures, Penny explained that he then side-stepped and told her he had to pop into his apartment first.
She confessed, “I was like ‘Oh, someone will be interested, I might get some more work’. And that’s what you’re out there doing the modelling for, so I went with him.
“And he said ‘oh, I have to stop at my apartment’.”
Penny then described how the man then offered her a drink from his private bar, which she of course hadn’t realised he had spiked.
She then revealed the terrifying moment when she woke up and found the perpetrator on top of her, in a moment which she explains feels reminiscent of the ITV show, Liar.
Visibly tearful, Penny said, “And unfortunately the next thing I knew – and I don’t really remember drinking the drink – I found myself face down on a bed with him on top of me.
“”Like with the series Liar, my drink was drugged and I can’t remember much of what happened. I just know he was on top of me and enjoying the experience but I certainly wasn’t. And I don’t really remember much more and I was too afraid to tell anybody.”
She revealed that she never even told her parents about the horrific experience, feeling she would be blamed.
“I couldn’t tell my mum and dad because I thought they would be saying to me ‘What on earth were you doing going back to his house?’. But he was a guy that I had worked with and he promised me to meet other people, and so I was naive and I trusted him.”
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She also confessed that she was a virgin at the time, which made it all the more horrendous. “I’d never had sex at that point so it was a frightening thing.”
Now, Penny admits that she hopes her speaking out about experience with sexual harassment will help others realise that it is never their fault.
“They have to know they won’t be told off. They are not guilty. The other person is. And they need to be brave enough to tell the authorities.”