Maria Menounos has told shock-jock Howard Stern that she believes she was the victim of sexual abuse, at the hands of her own doctors. The 'Dancing With The Stars contestant' and Extra television presenter made the revelation on Stern's radio show, saying she now takes her boyfriend into examination rooms with her.
She recalled visiting the doctor to fix a routine throat problem, but was abused after being made to change into a gown, saying, "I was really young, so I was so uncomfortable. (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". At the time, Kevin had urged his girlfriend to press charges, though Maria did not want to make matters worse. One has to assume she may be encouraged to change her mind, given that she made the claims while on-air to millions of Stern's listeners. Menounos also referred to numerous separate incidents in which physicians and gynecologists had made her feel uncomfortable.
Maria and her professional partner Derek Hough finished in fourth place during the 14th season of Dancing With The Stars earlier this year, in a series eventually won by Donald Driver.