Former ‘ANTM’ Judge Nigel Barker Reveals He Was Sexually Assaulted at 8-Years-Old
Nigel Barker is opening up about his past.
During his SiriusXM show Gentlemen’s Code on Tuesday (Apr. 12, 2016) the former America’s Next Top Model judge opened up about being sexually assaulted when he was just eight years old. According to Barker, a man once asked him for directions and then shoved him into a building. But after being trapped and violated, he was able to kick the man “in the nuts” and get away.
“I went up to the door and read the names on the buzzers…I went to push it, and he pushed me from behind, jolted me through the doors and I fell to my feet inside the door,” he recalled. “The door closed and I’m now trapped between a stairwell inside and a shut door. I have a man who is much bigger than me push me to the ground, grab me, pull my trousers and my pants down. I’m now exposed and I’m screaming and thrashing.”
Although he only ended up telling his family about the encounter after his sister was also attacked three years later, he says it’s important to talk about it. “Get out there. Talk about it. And don’t be afraid. Empower our children and our kids to do just that,” he advised.
Listen to Barker’s story below.