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Tyler Perry Reveals He Was Abused & Molested

Tyler Perry broke down into tears as he revealed that as a child he was abused by his father and molested by his neighbor. “I feel like I died as a child,” recalled the Madea creator. “I could go to this park [in my mind] that my mother and my aunt had taken me to. … I’m there in this park running and playing, and it was such a good day. So, every time somebody was doing something to me that was horrible, that was awful, I could go to this park in my mind until it was over.”

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He told a chilling story about being beaten until his hands were bloody and mentioned how his father would watch him for hours through a hole in his bedroom door. If that wasn’t heart-wrenching enough, Perry admitted that his male neighbor put his hands in his pants when he was five or six years old. “And I felt my body betraying me, because I felt an erection at that age.”

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