Madonna: I Was Raped on a Rooftop
Grammy winner recalls her early struggles in New York City
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2013 6:03 PM CDT
Madonna hosts The Sound of Change Live at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday, June 1st, 2013.   (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP Images)

(Newser) – Even die-hard fans may not recall the story of Madonna's rape at knife-point, but she brings it up in a soul-searching interview with Harper's Bazaar, reports US Weekly: "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be," she says of her younger years. "The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back." Her apartment was also broken into three times, even though she "had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time."

After her divorce from Sean Penn, she says, "a real low point in my life" was adopting son David Banda in Malawi: "I didn't know that trying to adopt a child was going to land me in another sh-- storm." She endured all kinds of accusations, including kidnapping, child trafficking, bribery, and witchcraft. "One of the many things I learned from all of this: If you aren't willing to fight for what you believe in, then don't even enter the ring." Click to see her Harper's Bazaar photos.

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Oct 6, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
Incredible how much hatred of women is on this thread, right out in the open. It's as if most of the guys here are educated at Faux University. Madonna, being a strong, wealthy and opinionated performer, engenders all sorts of fear and loathing in boys pretending to be men. So men fight back the way they always have---by trying to shame her by calling her a lying wh*re. The real cultural war going on now is the gender war. The gays have won. But women are going to be the last scapegoat of capitalism and patriarchy. And in the next few years, men are going to focus on women with a vengeance---they want control of the vagina back, and they want you cleaning their toilets for a dime on the dollar. Men don't have much to celebrate in this new economy they created, so they need their "ball and chain" back, just to have someone to kick around. Thing is, guys---we aren't going backwards. We are sick of rape, and we are talking about it. Try to shame us sexually, and see what happens. Try to take away our rights, and see what happens.
Oct 6, 2013 1:39 PM CDT
and she has been taking it out on all of us since
Oct 5, 2013 7:54 PM CDT
Who cares????