Real Housewives of Sydney star Lisa Oldfield has revealed an horrific sexual assault a year ago has left her deeply traumatised, and has helped push her marriage to husband David to the edge.
Speaking to the Wentworth Courier newspaper, the usually confident and vivacious Lisa says the attack, by a taxi driver, has badly affected her and threatening to wreck her life.
'He has destroyed the woman I was,’ she exclusively told the paper. ‘I have become a victim, not the strong brave fearless Lisa I was before the attack.’
Lisa had hailed a taxi after exiting a work function at 5pm, and fell asleep in the back seat during the approximately one hour drive home. When she awoke she was being assaulted by the driver, who was on top of her.
'He was groping my breasts, he had pulled the whole top of my dress down so my breasts were exposed
'He was ripping at me and it was so violent he tore my rotator cuff. I was covered in scratch and bite marks and bruises.’
After freeing herself, Lisa managed to talk the man into driving her home, where her husband called the police. The driver was eventually identified, but Lisa decided not to proceed, fearing the legal process would only add to her trauma.
Still dealing with the emotional after-affects, she 'vomits constantly' and says it has badly affected her marriage – with the couple no longer sleeping together, and openly discussing the possibility of divorce.
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