Spice Girls member Mel C revealed she was sexually assaulted in Turkey in 1997

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Melanie C (Chisholm), a member of the Spice Girls music group, said she was sexually assaulted in Turkey the night before their first concert in 1997.

Speaking on the podcast of writer Elizabeth Day, the singer stated that the incident happened while she was getting a massage at the hotel.

He added, “I felt attacked. I felt very vulnerable. I was embarrassed.”

“Then I wasn’t sure, did I get it right? I was at the place where you took off your clothes with the professional masseur.”

Mel C stated that he “immediately” “buried” the events deep in his mind because he had to focus on the Spice Girls concert.

“I didn’t want to make a fuss, but I also didn’t have time to deal with it.”


Mel C states that because he could not face the attack at that time, he allowed him to stay in the depths for years, but when he started to write his memoirs, this moment came to light again.

The artist, who couldn’t decide whether he wanted it to be heard by everyone by including the event that came to his mind one morning in his book, says, “I thought it was very important for me to say this, to finally face it and deal with it.”

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The Spice Girls star describes the incident as a “light version” of sexual assault and states that she wants to share the details because of the effect it had on her.

“It affected me. But I buried it. I’m sure a lot of people do that.”

On the How To Fail podcast, she also talked about the effects her parents’ divorce had on her, and her eating disorder during the Spice Girls era.

He said it became obsessive, continued for many years, lost a lot of weight, had anorexia, and had stopped menstruating.

“I always wanted to be a mother and I couldn’t control this thing that disrupted my fertility,” said Mel C.

Mel C also stated that the book Who I Am, which bears the same name as his single released in 2020, will be released on September 15.

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