Caroline Flack has revealed that she feared 'police bodycam footage' and a 'show trial' if she made a complaint about the producer of The X Factor who was accused of sleeping with her.
The TV presenter and former fiancée of Andrew Brady added that both events would have been 'very unpleasant and humiliating' for the couple.
The revelations will cause further concern about the welfare of celebrities who come forward in a bid to expose their abusers.
Miss Flack, 39, has now settled her five-year feud with telly producer Nick Ferrari, 57, whose show Ferrari Time has had to shelve a stand-alone programme about the scandal after she went public.
Ferrari was accused by Miss Flack of orchestrating a WhatsApp messaging sting to frame her after she allegedly branded him a 'dirty old man' in a voicemail message sent to her mother, Charlotte.
Speaking in her first TV interview since the scandal last year, Miss Flack said she was relieved to have reached a settlement and known that her allegations against Ferrari had been put to rest.
She said: 'I wanted to be able to move on with my life.
'The issue of the stand-alone programme which had been planned was always going to be extremely unpleasant and humiliating for both myself and my family.
'I hope that it would never have happened.
'If I hadn't reached out to Ferrari and had the opportunity to go to the police I would never have known the truth.'
Miss Flack went public with her anger over Ferrari on Twitter last August, saying: 'I found out about this vile thing on WhatsApp.
'Its embarrassing, upsetting and I'm absolutely distraught.'
Ferrari is said to have asked Miss Flack for a date before she is said to have revealed a text in which she told her mum she was missing him.
Miss Flack, 39, said she was relieved to have reached a settlement and known that her allegations against Ferrari had been put to rest. She is pictured here on ITV's Loose Women
Miss Flack has now settled her five-year feud with telly producer Nick Ferrari, 57, whose show Ferrari Time has had to shelve a stand-alone programme about the scandal after she went public
Miss Flack also called for new laws which would force offenders into court.
She said: 'I want something to be put in place so victims can speak out without people knowing their name.
'A person's name must never be revealed to anyone unless they have come to the police.
'When I did that it was not done very neatly.
'Everybody had an opinion, whether it was damaging to Ferrari or to me, but he is still a free man and so am I, so why should I feel guilty?
'It had nothing to do with any one person.'
Appearing on ITV's Loose Women earlier this month, Miss Flack said Ferrari's conduct had been 'intolerable' to her.
Ms Flack admitted she had made out that she did not want to be a bride after breaking off her engagement to the Apprentice star Andrew Brady in February 2018.
Both Ms Flack and Andrew Brady (left and right, with Miss Flack on a yacht) met at the X Factor tour last year
Yesterday her friend and Loose Women colleague Stacey Solomon said that Ms Flack was speaking out to tackle the 'heartache' of the scandal.
Miss Solomon, 29, said: 'She is feeling it's time to air her dirty laundry out.
'She is standing up for herself.
'She feels that since they reached a settlement she can now focus on moving on.'
Miss Flack and Mr Brady met at the X Factor tour last year after the presenter went public with her romance - but ended their relationship soon after.
He was also involved in a breakdown of his relationship with Miss Flack, 35, when he allegedly cheated on her with a glamour model.
Mr Brady, 30, is now dating Celebrity Big Brother star Sarah Harding.