'The Biggest Loser' winner Ali Vincent reveals she was sexually assaulted while getting a massage


The Biggest Loser winner Ali Vincent revealed she was sexually assaulted in 2015, a traumatic event that she says contributed to her subsequent weight gain.

Vincent discussed the assault, which happened during a massage visit, for the first time in Saturday's episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?

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"I was getting a massage and I fell asleep, as I often do in massages. I felt so safe in this place, I had no guard up. And I woke up to -- I woke up to someone feeling in my vagina," she recounted tearfully.

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THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Season 5 -- Pictured: Ali Vincent (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Season 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ali Vincent, Bette-Sue Birkland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Season 5 -- Pictured: (back row l-r) Trent Patterson, Roger Shultz, Dan Evans, Jackie Evans, Mark Kruger, Jay Kruger, Mallory Bray, Curtis Bray, Lynn Westphal (Front Row l-r) Jenn Widder, Margaret King, Brittany Aberle, Bernie Salazar, Amanda Harmer, Neill Harmer, Ali Vincent, Bette-Sue Birkland, Jennifer Westphal, Paul Marks, Kelly Fields (Photo by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'Season 5 Live Finale' Episode 516 -- Pictured: Season 5 Winner Ali Vincent -- (Photo by: Dave Bjerke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'Season 5 Live Finale' Episode 516 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels, Season 5 Winner Ali Vincent, Bob Harper -- (Photo by: Dave Bjerke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Episode 13 -- Aired 03/25/2008 -- Pictured: Ali Vincent (Photo by Dave Bjerke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Season 5 -- Pictured: Ali Vincent -- Photo by: Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Episode 15 -- Aired 04/08/2008 -- Pictured: Ali Vincent -- Photo by: Trae Patton/NBCU Photobank
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'Season 5 Live Finale' Episode 16 -- Aired 04/15/2008 -- Pictured: Winner Ali Vincent -- Photo by: Dave Bjerke/NBCU Photo Bank
Bailey Hanks, winner of MTV's 'Legaly Blonde:The Search for The New Elle Woods', and Ali Vincent, winner of NBC's 'The Biggest Loser:Season 5' pose backstage at 'Legally Blonde' on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on August 2, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'Live Finale' Episode 613 -- Pictured: (l-r) Michelle Aguilar, winner, Ali Vincent, Season 5 winner -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 14: Ali Vincent attends the Hallmark Celbri-Tree holiday open house benefiting 'Feeding America' on November 14, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Episode 918 -- Pictured: Season 5 Winner Ali Vincent -- (Photo by: Dave Bjerke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - APRIL 11: Actors Geoff Stults, Rick Fox, Eliza Dushku and NBC The Biggest Loser winner Ali Vincent attend the third Annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon on April 11, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'Where Are They Now?' -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Ventrella, Danny Cahill, Helen Phillips, Ali Vincent -- (Photo by: Bret Hartman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Ali Vincent competes in the 2011 Nautica Malibu Triathlon Sponsored by Herbalife on September 18, 2011 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now?' -- Pictured: (l-r) Hannah Curlee, Olivia Ward, Tara Costa, Ali Vincent, Abby Rike, Jesse Atkins, Danny Cahill, O'Neal Hampton-- Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'Where Are They Now?' -- Pictured: (l-r) Ali Vincent, Bill Germanakos -- (Photo by: Bret Hartman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Ali Vincent attends the Nautica Malibu Triathlon at Zuma Beach on September 18, 2011 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: TV personality Ali Vincent attends the 'Live Big With Ali Vincent' season 3 launch party held at Sofitel Hotel on July 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: TV personality Ali Vincent attends the 'Live Big With Ali Vincent' season 3 launch party held at Sofitel Hotel on July 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 16: Ali Vincent attends the 5th Annual Taste Awards at the Egyptian Theatre on January 16, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
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"I was just like in shock. Like, what's going on? What's happening? And then I just jumped up and I ran out and just hid. I was sitting there in a ball, and I was just shaking. I don't know how to explain it, but I just was so afraid. I was scared."

The 41-year-old said she told the manager, who downplayed the assault.

"The manager came and he was like, 'Well, it's not like he raped you.' And he was right," she said.

Vincent said she believed the assault contributed to her regaining all of the 112 pounds that she lost during The Biggest Loser season five, which she won in 2008.

"I haven't talked about [the assault] because it's not something you just talk about," she told the interviewer. "A lot of things have changed over the last couple of years in my life. I moved here to Northern California. My routine completely changed. I've realized, over the last year, as I've gained this weight, it was so much of my life slowed down that a lot of stuff came up that I just hadn't dealt with."

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According to the anti-sexual violence organization RAINN, in America there are, on average, 288,820 victims of sexual assault or rape, aged 12 or older, each year.

During the interview, Vincent also addressed drug rumors on The Biggest Loser, telling the interview that she found it "highly unlikely." See what allegations were leveled by other contestants in the video below.


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