"You've already been violated – so then why do you want to talk about it?" she said

By Jeff Nelson
March 12, 2015 11:55 AM

Promoting her new album Rebel Heart on Howard Stern’s show, Madonna revealed details about when she was sexually assaulted at age 19.

“The first year I lived in New York was crazy,” she told Stern on his SiriusXM show Wednesday. “My stupid friendliness, just chatting with somebody [got me in trouble].”

The singer, 56, then recounted how she met a man on the street who offered to let her use the phone in his apartment in the pre-cell phone era.

“I needed money because I was going to a dance class and the door was locked,” she revealed. “I needed money for the telephone, the pay phone.”

“He was a really friendly guy,” she continued. “And then he’s like, ‘Well, I just live right across the street. You can make a phone call from my house.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that’s really nice of you!’ ”

“Hi, I’m from Michigan. I trusted everybody,” she added.

The singer then went on to explain why she didn’t report the attack:

“Well, I was told that if I wanted to press charges you know, physical examination, I’d have to go before the court, they’re going to ask you all these personal questions,” she told Stern.

“It’s like so violating. You’ve already been violated; so then do you want to talk about it? Do you want to make it public? No, it’s just not worth it. It’s too humiliating.”