The reality star, who has appeared on shows including "Couples Therapy" and "Celebrity Big Brother," shared her #MeToo story on "The Tomorrow Show" Monday night. She said she was abused by someone she met while separated from estranged husband Doug Hutchison.
"When the first incident happened, I, you know, didn't tell [Doug]. It was actually during the first time we separated," she said. "It actually happened to me two times when we were separated. And um, you know, I didn't tell him, you know it happened. You know? And at that age, ya know, I was only 19, you know, when my first experience happened. I didn't really think it was wrong, which is the crazy part."
"I felt like, 'OK, well that's how sex is,'" she continued. "You know, I only had sex with one man before that; that was, you know, Doug. So gentle, not to get explicit. But I was like, 'OK, maybe that's just a rough way of going on a date.' I really didn't realize it was, you know, sexual abuse, until I started hearing these women talking. It wasn't until #MeToo started that I was like, 'Wow, maybe that wasn't OK.' So yeah, it's really a sad thing, but it happens all the time."
Stodden opened up about her experience, without getting into too many details, when one of the show's hosts asked if she had any #MeToo experiences relating to power and sex.
"Both power and sex," she said of her experience, but declined to go into details because she's working on a book.
"It's just like all the other women's stories. It's nothing different," she said. "Each woman should be heard and I'm definitely planning on ... I'll definitely be a part of the movement, for sure."
Stodden rose to fame after marrying Hutchison -- an actor known for starring alongside Tom Hanks in "The Green Mile" -- in 2011 when she was just 16 years old, which garnered a lot of attention. TMZ reported earlier this month that she has filed for divorce.