WELSH popstar Duffy has written on social media how she was drugged, kidnapped, raped and secretly taken abroad during the height of her fame. She had previously released little details about the incident but had told her Instagram followers that the ordeal had been to blame for her sudden hiatus when it seemed her career was at its peak.
She wrote “it was my birthday, I was drugged at a restaurant, I was drugged and taken to a foreign country for four weeks. I can’t remember getting on the plane and came around in the back of a travelling vehicle. I was put into a hotel room and the perpetrator returned and raped me. I remember the pain and trying to stay conscious in the room after it happened. I was stuck with him for another day, he didn’t look at me, I was to walk behind him, I was somewhat conscious and withdrawn. I could have been disposed of by him. I contemplated running away to the neighbouring city or town, as he slept, but had no cash and I was afraid he would call the police on me, for running away, and maybe they would track me down as a missing person.”
“I do not know how I had the strength to endure those days, I did feel the presence of something that helped me stay alive. I flew back with him, I stayed calm and as normal as someone could be in a situation like that, and when I got home, I sat, dazed, like a zombie. I knew my life was in immediate danger, he made veiled confessions of wanting to kill me. The perpetrator drugged me in my own home over four weeks, I do not know if he raped me there during that time, I only remember coming round in the car in the foreign country and the escape that would happen by me fleeing in the days following that.”
Her ordeal ended after a friend visited the house and saw her on a balcony “staring into space” and managed to remove her from the house. Duffy had a form of breakdown after the attack and gradually recovered after receiving after intense therapy. She has said that she will not be giving a formal press interview about the horrific incident. In 2007 she had a worldwide hit with “Mercy” and looked set to become one of the biggest names in pop alongside other emerging female singer-songwriters such as Adele and Amy Winehouse.