Love Island UK 2019’s Maura Higgins has revealed she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver after falling asleep in his cab.

After posting a fan Q&A on her Instagram on August 9, the 31-year-old was asked by a fan what her worst encounter with a man had been.

CONTENT WARNING: This article contains references to sexual assault and may be triggering to some readers.

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Love Island UK’s Maura Higgins has revealed she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver after falling asleep in his cab. Source: Instagram @maurahiggins.

The Love Island alum and model revealed that the “worst one” was “one of the scariest things that have ever happened to me.”

“I’ve never ever, ever opened up about and don’t think even think I’m ready yet,” she added.

What Happened to Maura Higgins During the Assault?

Maura then went on to say that she had an “incident” with a taxi driver “a long time ago” back in her native home of Ireland.

“Silly me, I fell asleep,” she said. “My friends were dropped off before me, and I was dropped off alone because I lived alone at the time. I woke up, and his hand was right up my skirt.”

The star then admitted that the event “sobered” her up pretty quickly and that she memorised the taxi number.

“[I] still remembered it the next day.”

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Maura Higgins Rose to Fame on Love Island UK

Maura Higgins is undoubtedly one of the most famous Islanders on the franchise.

When she was 28, she took part in the fifth season, placing fourth with Curtis Pritchard, losing out to winners Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.

However, the pair split in 2021.

Maura’s star continued to shine, and she now boasts over 3.5 million followers on Instagram.

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Maura took part in the fifth season of Love Island UK, placing fourth with Curtis Pritchard. Source: ITV

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault, please contact theSexual Assault & Domestic Violence National Help Line on 1800 Respect (1800 737 732) or head toThe Australian Human Rights Commission for a list of state by state resources.

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