Maria Menounos may come off as carefree and confident in public but the former Dancing With the Stars contestant is hiding a disturbing secret. During a visit to “The Howard Stern Show” on Monday, June 11, Maria revealed that she had been sexually abused by multiple doctors during examinations.

The first abuse occurred when Maria went to a doctor’s office to treat a throat issue and was told to change into a hospital gown. After she changed, Maria said she felt “paralyzed” as the doctor began to touch her genitals.

"I was really young, so I was so uncomfortable,” Maria said. “[My boyfriend] Kevin was in the waiting room and I literally started screaming ... I was just so uncomfortable I didn't know what to do."

That wasn’t the last of the abuse. Maria says that she had other incidents with other doctors, including one male doctor who complimented and touched her belly button ring.

Maria never pressed charges against the doctors, but she says that she now makes her boyfriend Kevin stay in the examination room with her, especially if she is being seen by a gynecologist.

This news is pretty shocking considering how happy and open with her sexuality Maria appeared on Dancing With the Stars. We’re glad that she was able to make strides in putting the abuse behind her! Her attitude and recovery are inspirational to women who have suffered similar incidents in silence.

Source: The Howard Stern Show (via NY Daily News)

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