Melanie Chisholm — best-known as Mel C or Sporty Spice — revealed Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted the night before her first-ever Spice Girls gig.
The 48-year-old British singer revealed that in October of 1997 the attack happened during an appointment with a massage therapist at her hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, according to the podcast “How To Fail.”
“Here we were, the eve of the first-ever Spice Girls show,” recalls Chisholm while appearing on the podcast to promote her new memoir, “The Sporty One,” which is to be released in the US on Sept. 27. “So I treat myself to a massage in the hotel and what happened to me, I kind of buried immediately, because there were other things to focus on.”
Chisholm reveals that while she didn’t want to make a fuss about the incident with a male masseur, she also didn’t have time to deal with the actual assault.
“I didn’t want to make a fuss, but also I didn’t have time to deal with it,” she said. “Because I didn’t deal with it at the time, I realized that I allowed that to be buried for years and years and years, and then when I was writing the book, it came to me in a dream. I woke up and it was in my mind.”
The Post reached out to Chisholm’s reps for comment.
The “Wannabe” singer said after the incident — which she did not go into detail about —she immediately got up from table, and left the room before anything else happened.
“Then, of course, I had to think, ‘Do I want to reveal this?’ And I just thought, actually, I think it’s really important for me to say it and to finally deal with it and process it. And for other people,” the star said.
“I suppose in a version of sexual assault it’s a mild version, but I felt violated, I felt very vulnerable, I felt embarrassed and then I felt unsure,” she said. “Terrible things happen all the time, and this situation wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”