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The star was discussing girls’ school uniforms on the ITV lunchtime chat show with the co-hosts, when she recalled an awful incident that happened to her when she was a child.
Penny, who is married to rocker Rod Stewart, became emotional as she revealed how a man had lifted up her skirt while she was walking home from school by herself.
"I had a very unfortunate incident. Sorry," she said, as her voice began to crack.
“I had been at choir practice the day before. I was attacked under a subway. Being tall and strong I managed to fight this man off who pulled my skirt off and wrestled with me.”
As fellow panellists Coleen Nolan, Sherrie Hewson and Janet Street-Porter all rushed to comfort her, Penny continued: “There are a lot of evil men who prey on people and it has nothing to do with what they wear.
“Parents are encouraged to do car pools, going in groups. But children should definitely be advised not to travel alone.
“Girls and boys just need to be educated of the dangers. It’s still out there on the street.”