Tyler Perry is known for his comedy but his recent revelation of child abuse is no laughing matter. In a somber letter posted on his Web site, the film and television mogul recounts startling details of his childhood.
Tyler Perry is known for his comedy but his recent revelation of child abuse is no laughing matter. "I always thought I would die before I grew up," the Hollywood powerhouse reveals in a letter to fans on his Web site. Perry said a flood of memories from his childhood returned after he watched a screening of the much acclaimed movie "Precious," the story of a physically and emotionally abused 16-year-old girl. Perry is coproducing the Lee Daniels-directed film with Oprah Winfrey. Perry continues: "My father came home, mad at the world," he writes. "He was drunk, as he was most of the time. He got the vacuum cleaner extension cord and trapped me in a room and beat me until the skin was coming off my back."
The film and television mogul recounts the time he was seduced by a friend's mother and another incident in which he was molested by another friend's father. Perry says seeing "Precious" helped him realize how much of a survivor he is. "It hit me so hard, I sat there in tears realizing that somehow, by the grace of God, I made it through," writes Perry. "My tears were tears of joy, being thankful that I made it."—ZH