Christopher Maloney has detailed a horrific sexual assault he suffered while working on a cruise ship.
The former X Factor finalist was working on a cruise ship years before he found fame when he says he was targeted by a man with "murderous eyes".
The 40-year-old claims the man’s eyes would never leave him and that he could feel the man’s gaze on the back of his head wherever he went on the cruise ship.
Aged just 17 at the time, the former Celebrity Big Brother housemate says he was "stalked" while out at sea.
But he claims things got much worse once night when the man came to his cabin and subjected him to a horrific sexual and physical assault.
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Christopher says he was assaulted while working on a cruise ship
He was just 17 when it happened
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Chris opened up about his horrifying experience in his new autobiography, Wildcard.
He said: "From the second week in rehearsals, I began to feel intimidating stares. The eyes of the Chief Engineer, a slimy 40-something Greek with weird, horrible, murderous eyes never left me.
"I felt his gaze in the back of my head and wherever I turned in the maze of the vessel, I always seemed to run into him. I was literally stalked out to sea.
"At the standard safety drills, he would pick on me and just stand there giving me horrible looks. Generally, he would grunt at me and only speak in English if I got a question wrong.
"I know I came across as slightly flamboyant and quite artistic – a typical luvvie perhaps, and in my naivety, assumed that this was a culture shock for him too. It wasn’t. He had other plans."
Chris goes on to detail the terrible events.
He wrote: "One night, he came to my cabin. He shouldn’t have even been on my floor. I had no light either and at night I could just make out a crack through the door. Then it widened, waking me from my sleep.
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"I smelt whisky on his breath and spotted his white overalls, silhouetting against the darkness. Then he pulled my pyjama bottoms down and began to thrust his way towards me. I had had no sexual experience.
"I don’t know if he came to punish me from his position of power amongst the crew or if his behaviour previously was hiding some sort of crush. Either way, he was drunk and it was vile. As I pushed him off, he began to attack me, punching me as I resisted, attempting to put his hand on my mouth. I felt sick.
"I screamed for England and broke the stillness that you always found in the bottom of the ship. He had no choice but to flee. He was caught a few minutes later turning the corner of a floor, peddling the line that he had in fact been doing a late-night security walk round."
Chris says that his friends heard his screams, and knew that something was wrong.
The star went on to say that being bullied as a child had made him write off the man’s mean behaviour towards him in front of others as nothing more.
He said: "One of the problems of being bullied at school is that if this is largely all you know, so when it happens in a new set of circumstances, you just see it as the norm and your level of acceptance plateaus.
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Chris on X Factor in 2012
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He did Celebrity Big Brother in 2016
"You do not fight because you do not see anything different from before. Only the environment has changed. That is the effect of abuse, and control. The victim is blind and muted."
Chris says that the day after the attack, he and the man were both asked to submit a report to their line managers.
He says he was so petrified that he didn’t leave his cabin for 24 hours. His friends had to feed him and he couldn’t bare to take to the stage that night.
Two days later, he was told that he’d be leaving the ship, and that the man would be moved to another vessel.
He claims he later found out that the man had not been moved to another ship.
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