American TV personality, author, actor, and model Padma Lakshmi made a sensational revelation recently stating that she had been raped as a teenager. In reference to the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that allegedly went unreported for decades, she referred her horrible experiences.
Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, the daughter of an immigrant nurse from Chennai, India, became Padma Lakshmi, the glamorous and unflappable Top Chef host, wrote an Op-Ed for The New York Times. In her write up, she said that she was 7 years old when she was assaulted for the first time and 16 years old when she was raped.
Narrating the incident, Lakshmi said that she dated a 23-year-old “charming and handsome” college student when she was 16, who would “flirt” with her at her part-time retail job at a mall in Los Angeles. But just a few months into the relationship, Lakshmi said that he sexually assaulted her while she was asleep.
On New Year’s Eve three decades ago, Lakshmi said that after a night out with her boyfriend, she fell asleep at his apartment. “The next thing I remember is waking up to a very sharp stabbing pain like a knife blade between my legs. He was on top of me,” the star wrote. “I asked, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘It will only hurt for a while.’ ”
“Though we were intimate to a point, but he knew that I was a virgin and that I was unsure of when I would be ready to have sex,” she added. Unaware of what date rape meant at that point in time, Lakshmi said she was unsure of whether the incident classified as rape or sex, but continued to tell her future boyfriends that she was a virgin. “Emotionally, I still was,” she noted.