US television host Padma Lakshmi has said she was raped at the age of 16, but kept silent as she feared fingers would point at her for bringing it upon herself.
The 48-year-old Top Chef host wrote a piece for the New York Times, where she made the revelation.
The article was prompted by allegations surrounding US President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women.
However, Trump has defended Kavanaugh and cast doubt on the two women.
He tweeted: "I have no doubt that, if the attack… was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. He also asked Christine Blasey Ford to make public her compliant "so that we can learn the date, time, and place".
Lakshmi wrote: "President Trump tweeted that if what Ford said was true, she would have filed a police report years ago. But I understand why both women would keep this information to themselves for so many years without involving the police. For years, I did the same thing.">