Madonna has told Howard Stern during a SiriusXM interview that she was raped at the age of 19, during the time she had just moved to New York. Asked why she did not pursue charges against her assailant, she said it was just not worth it.
Madonna told Stern a stranger approached her while she was fumbling to make a call inside a payphone. She said she needed money to proceed with the call. The stranger tried to give her money but also offered his phone at home. She followed the stranger to his house, where she was raped thereafter.