TELLY favourite Shappi Khorsandi has hit out at jokes about footie perv Adam Johnson – as she revealed she was groomed as a child.
The I'm a Celebrity Star, 45, slammed gags about Johnson's light sentence in a heartbreaking column this morning.
Writing in the Independent, she admitted: "I was groomed by an adult man when I was 15.
"I cannot overstate the lasting effect that it has: how badly it distorts your view of yourself and how it can wreck your self-worth to the point where you can resort to all kinds of self-harm.
"I went through so much of my life not understanding the impact it had on me.
"It was only last week, at the age of 45, when I found myself unable to read about Johnson without my own past wailing in my ear, that I called a helpline for victims of abuse.
"Thirty years, that took.
I went through so much of my life not understanding the impact it had on me
"I’m concerned about the sympathy that’s being offered from some quarters.
"What these people don’t understand is that grooming is among the coldest, most deliberate and most damaging things that you can do to a vulnerable adolescent.’
The ex-Sunderland star, who groomed and kissed a 15-year-old girl, is reportedly desperate to play football again but has been told he stands no chance in the UK.
The 31-year-old was freed from HMP Moorland last month despite only serving half of his six-year sentence for child sex offences.
Every League One and League Two side within commuting distance of his Co Durham home have allegedly confirmed they will not go near the shamed winger.
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