During a recent interview on The Tomorrow Show with Keven Undergaro, Courtney Stodden revealed that she was sexually assaulted during a break from her now-estranged husband, Doug Hutchison. The 23-year-old reality star said she was emboldened to share her story as the #MeToo movement continues to grow in Hollywood.
“Was it power? Was it sex?” host Kevin Undergaro asked Courtney, to which she replied, “Both. Power and sex, yeah.” Years after realizing that what she went through was abuse, the blonde bombshell told Kevin that she is considering taking legal action against her unnamed assailant.
“When the first incident happened, I, you know, didn’t tell [Doug]. It was actually during the first time we separated. Um, you know, it actually happened to me two times when we were separated,” she shared. “I was only 19, you know, when my first experience happened. And, um, I didn’t really think it was wrong, which is the crazy part.”
Courtney continued, “I felt like, OK, well, ‘That’s what, that’s how sex is.’ You know, I only had sex with one man before that…Doug,” she continued. “So gentle, not to get explicit…I really didn’t realize it was sexual abuse until I started hearing these women talking.”
The “Orange Juice and Pink Pills” songstress’ comments come just days after she officially filed for divorce from her much older husband, Doug, 57, after six years of marriage. As fans may recall, Courtney first gained public notoriety in May 2011 when she married the actor at just 16 years old. She recently took to Instagram to commemorate her controversial relationship with Doug — and also released a new divorce-inspired track called “6teen.”
“This day marks a new chapter in my life. It’s a lot scary and a little surreal. But all change is. Praying, having faith and hope in the destiny God has created for me,” Courtney wrote. “Music has been there for me as an avenue to express how much I feel during the most difficult times in my life.”
If you need support, The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. You will be connected with a trained staff member in your area. Or visit RAINN.org to chat online one-on-one with a support specialist at any time.