Padma Lakshmi: TV host says why she kept silent on her alleged rape
US television host Padma Lakshmi has explained why she kept silent after allegedly being raped as a teenager.
In a piece for the New York Times, over 30 years ago.
But she said she began to feel the alleged attack was her fault, and that she understands why women might not disclose sexual assaults.
Her article was prompted by allegations surrounding Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court.
The US president has cast doubt on two women who have accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!
End of Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump
The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, which he has repeatedly denied, date back to the 1980s.
Christine Blasey Ford, his first accuser, is due to testify before a US Senate panel this week.
Ms Lakshmi wrote: "President Trump tweeted that if what Dr Ford said was true, she would have filed a police report years ago."