Penny Lancaster says she was assaulted

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Model Penny Lancaster has said that she was sexually assaulted as a teenager by someone, she has worked for.

Lancaster, who is married to rock singer Rod Stewart, said ITV’s Loose Women that she had her drink spiked.

She says that she has found herself being attacked on a bed, and “can’t remember what happened”.

“I just know that it was above me and enjoy the experience, but I certainly wasn’t. I don’t really remember much more. I was too afraid to tell anyone.”

Lancaster, now 46 years old, said that she had been a virgin at the time of the assault, which she said happened after she went to the house of a man who had promised to take her to an event where she could make contacts for the work.

“I was like, ‘Oh, someone will be interested, I could get a little more work”,” Lancaster said.

“So I went with him. And he said: “Oh, I have to stop at my apartment.'”

She says that he gave him to drink “and, unfortunately, the next thing I knew… I found myself face down on a bed with him on top of me”.

The model, who was in tears as she spoke, said: “I couldn’t tell my mum and dad because I thought they would be saying to myself,” What on earth were you doing to return to his home?”

“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.”

She said she wanted to speak so that the young girls in a similar situation would understand “this is not their fault”.

“They are not guilty. The other person is. And they need to be courageous enough to tell the authorities.”

Lancaster was speaking at a discussion on the chat show about the #MeToo social media campaign was started by survivors of sexual harassment and assault, which followed the recent allegations over Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Mr. Weinstein is unequivocally denies” allegations of sexual assault, harassment and rape.

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