In an interview with David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres told that as a teenager she was sexually abused by her stepfather as reported by Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday.
In Letterman’s new season of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which appears on Netflix on 31 May, the 61-year-old DeGeneres tells about the period in which her mother got cancer and had one of her breasts amputated. Her stepfather claimed that it was also necessary to check the breasts of 15-year-old DeGeneres for lumps.
“Again, ’cause I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different and… Anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time.” Later it would have gotten further out of hand. “He tries to break my door down, and I kicked the window out and ran ’cause I knew it was going to go more to something… and I didn’t want to tell my mother ’cause I was protecting her and I knew that would ruin her happiness.”
Stepfather stayed with mother for eighteen years
The presenter says she regrets that choice. “I should never have protected her. I should have protected myself and I didn’t tell her for a few years and then I told her. And then she didn’t believe me and then she stayed with him for 18 more years. And finally left him because he’d changed the story so many times.”
DeGeneres hopes that other victims of sexual assault are finding the strength to speak out after reading her story. “That’s the only reason I think it’s important to talk about it because there’s so many young girls and it doesn’t matter how old you are. When I see people speaking out, especially now, it angers me when victims aren’t believed, because we just don’t make stuff up. And I like men, but there are so many men that get away with so much.”