Padma Lakshmi Explains Why She Went Public About Her Rape 32 Years Later

November 26, 2018 12:40 PM PST

It wasn’t easy for Padma Lakshmi to come forward about her harrowing past. The “Top Chef” host recalled the difficult decision to publicly discuss her rape after 32 years, telling “Today” hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb how she realized that sharing it on social media just wasn’t enough.