Madonna Talks About Being Raped at 19

March 12, 2015 7:21 PM

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Yesterday, while visiting "The Howard Stern Show" to promote her Rebel Heart album, Madonna spoke about being raped as a young woman in New York. At 19, she left her native Michigan and moved to Manhattan with $35. It was 1973. “First I was in shock, I didn't know a soul,” she told Stern, adding, “I was saying hi to people on the streets like a dork.” Within that first year, Madonna’s apartment was broken into three times, she was held up at gunpoint, and raped at knifepoint.

A stranger sexually assaulted her after a chance encounter. “I was going to a dance class and the door was locked and I needed money for the payphone,” she said. “[A man] gave it to me … he was a very friendly guy. I trusted everybody.” He convinced her to make the call from his apartment across the...

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