Sinitta has said that she was sexually assaulted by a “very famous [and] powerful” guest at Simon Cowell’s villa a number of years ago.
The singer appeared on ITV’s breakfast show Good Morning Britain yesterday (June 26) to recall details of the incident, revealing that she’d been “triggered” into reliving memories of the alleged assault following the rise of the #MeToo movement.
“The #MeToo [movement] triggered really unhappy memories and I didn’t think of myself as someone with mental health issues, but [I] actually learned that unresolved trauma is causing anxiety and all kinds of things,” she said on the show.
Recounting the assault, Sinitta said: “I was showing a guest to one of the guest rooms – it was someone that was staying with us for the holiday weekend. [He’s a] very famous, very powerful man. I think that’s what scared me – which in a way is a different type of prejudice.
“I was quite surprised because some of the nicer rooms with a view, he was like, ‘No, no.’ I said, ‘There’s some rooms down there which aren’t so nice. [He said], ‘Oh, let me see them.’
“We’re in the basement now, probably what would be the most undesirable rooms on the property,” she continued. “He said, ‘Oh yes I like this one,’ [and] threw himself on the bed.
“I was like, OK, and as I bent down to kiss him goodnight to leave, he pulled me down on top of him, rolled on top of me and you know… it all happened so quickly as well. Yeah, he basically started to try and get my clothes off and everything.”
Sinitta – who described the situation as “bizarre” – clarified that Cowell was in the villa at the time of the alleged assault, and that there had been security stationed outside the property.