RTE star Diana Bunici opens up about sexual abuse incident on Dublin bus

Writing on her blog the Moldovan native told how a male predator sat beside her on a Dublin bus.

RTE star Diana Bunici is one of the latest celebrities to come forward about their sexual abuse - writes dublinlive.ie.

The kids’ TV presenter told how she was left feeling “ashamed” when she was groped as a 19-year-old.

Writing on her blog the Moldovan native told how a male predator sat beside her on a Dublin bus.

She explained: “Imagine my horror when a few minutes later I felt a hand move up my leg. My heart stopped and I thought perhaps I was imagining it.

“I shuffled in my seat, making a fuss to adjust the bags on my lap and to my relief the hand moved away. That’s him told, I thought. Until it happened again and my body stiffened with fear and shock.

“Again I felt his fingers creeping further and further up my thigh. I was wearing a jumper dress and the flimsy barrier of my tights did little to mask the unsettling warmth of his touch.”

Paralysed by fear, Diana, who is dating Kodaline frontman Steve Garrigan, didn’t want to make a scene.

She explained: “I remember wanting to scream, to turn to him and smack him, to shame him. But I was muted with fear.

A shy, quiet teenager – I was terrified to make a scene. Instead I shuffled in my seat again, gulping back tears.”

Her revelation comes amid of swathe of female Hollywood stars telling of their harassment ordeals.

Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has confessed how movie bosses silenced her after she was assaulted by a director when she was just 16.

Speaking at the Elle Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles on Monday, the 41-year-old said: “I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, the guilt for not speaking up earlier.

“I feel true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel silence was a condition of my employment.

And I wish I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly it wasn’t.” The Walk The Line star’s comments come in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, with the Hollywood producer accused of a string of sexual assaults and harassment

incidents by more than a dozen women over four decades.

The 65-year-old has denied rape.

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