Lady Gaga Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by a Producer

TIME

Lady Gaga claimed in a recent interview that she was sexually assaulted by a producer when she was 19.

Last year, Gaga sang “Swine” at South-by-Southwest, while covered in colored vomit. She told Howard Stern on his morning show Tuesday that the performance was meant to demonstrate that a man “could never, ever degrade me as much as I degrade myself.” The singer went on to say that she had been raped by an older man when she was a “very naive” teenager. The incident made her “a shell of [her] former self” and the true gravity didn’t hit her until years later. But she has since sought therapy.

Gaga has not publicly spoken about the assault before, and said Tuesday that she didn’t “want to be defined” by the incident. “I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled…

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