‘Bachelorette’ Star Accuses Female Massseuse Of Sexual Assault During ABC Series
“Bachelorette” star Meredith Phillips accused a female masseuse of sexually assaulting her during her time on the popular ABC series in 2004.
“Normally, I wouldn’t really talk about this, but I’m going to tell you because it’s bothered me for years,” Phillips explained Wednesday on the Reality Steve podcast. “I was roofied by a masseuse a producer had hired to come into my room to give me a massage.”
Phillips claimed that she was given a pill that she initially thought was just over-the-counter medication for pain, but later realized it had to have been something stronger after she was knocked out.
“The last thing I remember is she got naked and she was in the tub with me and rubbing my back and rubbing areas she probably shouldn’t have,” the reality star shared. “It’s hard for me to talk about … I remember everything until a certain point.”
“When the pill kicked in, I literally couldn’t even move my body, so I have no idea what the pill was at all,” she added. “I had no control. Zero. That was the hardest part for me — I couldn’t even throw my arms in the air to say no.”
“I wasn’t even drinking,” she continued while sharing that she later woke up naked in bed with little-to-no memory of what had happened.
In 2013, the former Bachelorette opened up about her ongoing battle with alcoholism during an interview on “Good Morning America.” She explained that it really got out of control after her engagement to Ian McKee, the winner on the second season of the series, ended and she lost both of her parents all during a four-year time frame.
“Waking up after blacking out and cutting myself hurt me unintentionally,” Phillips explained and admitted that was the catalyst that led her to seek help.
She currently is married to her high school sweetheart and is sober.