Danniella Westbrook has revealed she was once drugged and raped whilst being held captive by a group of men for three days after failing to pay drugs money.
The former EastEnders star made the disturbing revelation during an interview on This Morning ahead of the release of her autobiography.
She said: "I'd left EastEnders and was with a guy in a boy band and had split up with him, and it was a terrible time anyway. I was really heavily into drugs and moved away from everybody where I grew up and moved to South London.
"I had a few different people that I used to get drugs from and, obviously being on TV, everybody thinks you're really rich... and I'd used that as a drug addict to my advantage.
"One of the guys I owed the money to sent their people to get the money [£5,000]... and I just knew the moment I open the front door and there were these three guys standing there."
Explaining how she couldn't see a way out, Danniella said: "When it was clear that I didn't have the money, they said 'get ready, you're coming with us' and I thought I was going to get taken somewhere and get beaten up and dumped somewhere... and I wished it had of been that."
She continued: "I knew if I shouted out it was going to make it worse - these people are not scared of the police or anyone else. They are there to do what they've got to do and they took me to a rented flat and gave me vodka, drugs and what I thought was ecstasy, but it was rohypnol and I was there for nearly three days.
"It was a case of them raping me and doing what they wanted to do with me and that was the start of my nightmare really."
Following the attack, Danniella said: "I just went home and thought 'I'm a drug addict' if I tell anybody they'll just say it was what I deserved.
"I blocked everything from that day out. I felt pretty worthless anyway being a drug addict but from then on my life just got worse. I just had this secret that I didn't want to tell anyone."
On telling her husband and her mum, she said: "Telling my husband was really really difficult - he's the closest person to me in the world and always has been and I just thought that this fantastic man who has gone through every single drama that I'd had in my life would never want to be with me and it actually wasn't like that.
"And I can't stress enough that if anybody had been in this situation then get help and speak out. You can't live with this... it will kill you."
PA NEWS PHOTO 26/3/98 ACTRESS Danniella WESTBROOK ARRIVES WITH HER SON KAI FOR THE MOVIE PREMIERE OF THE FOX'S ANIMATED MOTION ...
PA NEWS PHOTO 26/3/98 ACTRESS Danniella WESTBROOK ARRIVES WITH HER SON KAI FOR THE MOVIE PREMIERE OF THE FOX'S ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE "ANASTASIA" AT THE ODEON LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON
Beauty/Westbrook & van Outen
Actresses Danniella Morgan (formerly Westbrook) and Denise van Outen attend a post-show party at Home House in Portman Square, London, following the first night of a re-cast 'Beauty and the Beast' musical at the Dominion Theatre.
Members of the cast of TV soap EastEnders relax at Brighton during a break. From left: Danniella Morgan, who stars as Sam; Todd Carty, who plays Mark and Tamzin Outhwaite, who plays Melanie .
2009 Tric Awards - London
Danniella Westbrook arrives at the Tric Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, central London.
The Princess Diaries Westbrook
Danniella Westbrook with her fiance Kevin Jenkins, her son her son Kai, five, and his daughter Jordan, seven, at the premiere in Covent Garden central London of the Walt Disney film The Princess Diaries.
"SCOOBY DOO" LONDON FILM PREMIERE.
Danniella WESTBROOK ATTENDS THE "SCOOBY DOO" FILM PREMIERE IN LONDON.PICTURE: UK PRESS
Westbrook & Windsor Rainbow Trust
Actresses Barbara Windsor (R) and Danniella Westbrook arrive at Le Meridien Grosvenor House Hotel in central London, for 12th annual Rainbow Trust Ball, in aid of the charity which helps terminally ill children and their families.
Danniella Westbrook - Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Former Eastenders actress Danniella Westbrook arrives at the UK screening of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, at the Warner Village, Leicester Square.
Danniella Westbrook Two Weeks Notice
Danniella Westbrook and her husband Kevin Jenkins arrive for the UK premiere of Two Weeks Notice at Warner West End in London's Leicester Square. The romantic comedy, directed by Marc Lawrence stars Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock.
THE '2 FAST 2 FURIOUS' UK PREMIERE
Danniella WESTBROOK ATTENDS THE '2 FAST 2 FURIOUS' PREMIERE IN LONDON.PICTURE: UK PRESS
SCARY MOVIE 3 LONDON PREMIERE
Danniella WESTBROOK ATTENDS THE 'SCARY MOVIE 3' PREMIERE IN LONDON.PICTURE: UK PRESS
Pia Michu and Inanch VIP Collection launch - London
Daniella Westbrook arrives to the Pia Michi collection launch. London
Children's Champions 2010 - Arrivals
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Danniella Westbrook arrives at the Children's Champions 2010 Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
TV Quick & Tv Choice Awards - Champagne Reception
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: **UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT** Daniella Westbrook and Steve McFadden attend the TV Quick & TV Choice Awards Champagne reception held at The Dorchester on September 7, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Gillian Tayleforth and Daniella Westbrook
LONDON - JULY 14: British actresses Gillian Tayleforth and Daniella Westbrook arrive for the premiere of the film 'Stuart Little 2' at Planet Hollywood on July 14, 2002 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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