Mo’Nique’s Childhood Molester Comes Forward
Her brother admits repeated sexual assaults.
Gerald Imes, the brother of Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique, has finally acknowledged molesting the star over a period of several years when she was a child. For years, Imes had denied the allegations.
Mo’Nique, who won an Academy Award this year for her portrayal of an abusive woman in the movie Precious, has said she drew on her own horrifying experiences to portray the brutal Mary Jones. “I knew very well who that monster was,” she said in an interview.
Imes, appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday, seemed close to tears when he said, “I’m sorry, Mo’Nique. I’m sorry, baby. I’m sorry.” He said that he himself had been a victim of abuse before turning to drugs and molesting Mo’Nique from the time she was 7 through the age of 11. “I became a perpetrator,” he said.
In an interview last year, Mo’Nique said that although at the time she told her parents of the abuse, they asked her if she was lying and told her they would know if her brother was doing it again. But the abuse continued.
Mo’Nique didn’t appear on Oprah, but she approved the interview in the hope it would help other victims of sexual abuse.
When she accepted a Golden Globe Award for Precious earlier this year, the actress said, “I celebrate this award with every person that’s ever been touched,” she said. “It’s now time to tell. And it’s OK.” (E! Online)