Melanie Chisholm — better known as “Mel C” or “Sporty Spice” — revealed Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted the night before her first-ever Spice Girls performance.
The 48-year-old British singer revealed that she had booked a massage at her hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 1997 when the attack took place, according to the How To Fail podcast.
“Here we were, the eve of the very first Spice Girls show,” Chisholm recalled as she appeared on the podcast to promote her new book, The Sporty One, due out September 27 in the UK. So I got a massage at the hotel and sort of buried what happened to me right away because I had other things to focus on.”
Chisholm reveals that while she didn’t want to make a fuss about the incident involving a male masseur, she also didn’t have time to deal with the actual attack.
“I didn’t want to make a fuss, but I didn’t have time to deal with it either,” she said. “Because I wasn’t looking into it at the time, I realized I let that get buried for years, and then as I was writing the book, it came to me in a dream. I woke up and it was in my head.”
The Post reached out to Chisholm’s rep for comment.
The “Would-Be” singer said after the incident – which she didn’t elaborate on – she immediately got up from the table and left the room before anything else happened.
“Then of course I had to think, ‘Do I want to tell?’ And I just thought, actually I think it’s very important that I say that and finally deal with it and process it. And for other people,” the star said.
“I suppose in one version of sexual assault it’s a mild version, but I felt hurt, I felt very vulnerable, I felt embarrassed and then I felt insecure,” she said. “Horrible things happen all the time and this situation wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”
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