Dancing with the stars’ Maria Menounos reveals past sexual abuse by docs

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2012, 12:45 PM IST

New York: Former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Maria Menounos has revealed that she has been sexually abused by multiple doctors during examinations.

Menounos, 34, said her phobia of doctors began when she visited a physician to treat a throat issue.

She said the doctor had asked her to change into a hospital gown, and she felt paralyzed when he began to touch her genitals.

“I was really young, so I was so uncomfortable,” the New York Daily News quoted her as saying on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ Monday.

“(My boyfriend) Kevin (Undergaro) was in the waiting room and I literally started screaming ... I was just so uncomfortable I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

Menounos said her long time beau had encouraged her to press charges against the doctor, but she didn’t want to make the issue any worse.

Sadly, the TV host said that this wasn’t the only time a male doctor had made her feel uncomfortable.

She also revealed that she has endured other medical examinations during which the doctors, including a male gynaecologist, complimented her belly button piercing before touching it.

Now, Menounos makes sure to bring her boyfriend into the examination room with her, especially if she’s getting a gynaecological exam.