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.
Naïve at 19
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.
Madonna stopped her narrative at this point, saying “the rest is not worth talking about.”
Madonna shared that bad things kept happening one after the other during the early parts of her stay in the city. Her apartment kept getting robbed, and she was also robbed in the streets. Each time, important items were taken from her.
Asked why she didn’t pursue charges against her rapist, Madonna said the process was not worth taking.
“I was told if I wanted to press charges, I would have a physical examination and they were going to ask all these personal questions. You’ve already been violated… It’s just not worth it,” she said.
Social Media Uproar
In a separate interview with Out magazine, Madonna said women are still in the long-winding road to have their rights recognized. She was speaking in good faith, but she, however, said something that irked women, inviting criticism across social media channels.
“People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period… It’s moved along for the gay community, for the African-American community, but women are still just trading on their ass,” Madonna said.
“Women are still the most marginalized group. They’re still the group that people won’t let change,” she continued.
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