'Bachelorette' Star Meredith Phillips Claims She Was Drugged & Assaulted on the Show

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Former Bachelorette star Meredith Phillips has finally spoken out about being taken advantage of on the show, more than a decade later. The brunette beauty was the star of the second season of the show, all the way back in 2004. Yet, this horrific incident has haunted her the entire time, and she's finally sharing it in the wake of the #MeToo movement. 

  • Meredith opened up about the alleged abuse on a podcast with Reality Steve.

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    When host Steve Carbone asked her what the hardest thing she's had to deal with being the Bachelorette, she said it was being roofied and assaulted. Phillips explained that a producer had hired a female masseuse to come to her room and help her relax.

    "Well, besides being always really tired and some of the producers were, how do I say this, helpful but not helpful. In terms of trying to make me relax. Normally, I wouldn't really talk about this, but I'm going to tell you because it's bothered me for years," she says.

    "[I was roofied] by a masseuse that a producer hired, to come into my room and give me a massage," she claimed. "And she said, 'OK, I'm going to give you a pill.' And I'm like, 'OK.' I just assumed it was like an aspirin or something to loosen my back or Tylenol, or something. And it definitely wasn't that, that's for sure."

    She said that the last thing she remembered was being naked with the woman in a hot tub. "She got naked and she was in the tub with me and rubbing my back and rubbing areas that probably she shouldn't have," she said. "And then I was put in bed. I woke up naked. I don't remember much. I wasn't even drinking so, yeah."

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  • She said that the worst part was not being able to fend off the masseuse. 

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    "When the pill kicked in, I literally couldn't even move my body, so I have no idea what the pill was at all. But all I know was, I was told, 'This will make you feel better,'" she said. "I had no control, zero. I think that was the hardest part for me. That I couldn't even lift my arms to say no."

    She said that she didn't tell anyone about it because she felt "weird" about the whole thing. "I didn't speak of it until later, because I felt that it was really weird at the time and I felt violated," she explained. "So, I didn't know what to say or how to say it. I mean, how do you bring that up? That's just weird. And the other crew didn't know that this masseuse was coming in to give me a massage, you know? So most people didn't know."

  • It's hardly the first time the franchise has seen a sex scandal.

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    Last summer production of Bachelor in Paradise almost didn't even happen, after filming was halted due to an "inappropriate" exchange on set between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. After the tapes were reviewed, it was found that no wrong-doing took place, but ABC producers did begin enforcing some strict rules about alcohol consumption. 

  • It's awful to hear that stuff like this happens on one of our favorite shows, but we're glad Meredith spoke up about it. 

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    All that happens when women stay quiet about sexual assault is that it emboldens predators, because they begin to believe they can get away with anything. We hope that finally coming forward with this info can really help Meredith heal from the experience, and hopefully it will put a stop to at least one more person, who won't be inappropriate with someone because women are slowly becoming not afraid anymore.