Comedian Ellen DeGeneres, 61, is speaking out for the first time about the trauma she experienced as a teenager when she was sexually assaulted by her mother’s new husband.
The daytime talk show star made the stunning revelation when she appeared on Season 2 of Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.”
After hiding the story for years, DeGeneres is now recalling the traumatic sexual assault she suffered at the hands of someone she refers to as a “very bad man” who became her mother’s new husband when Ellen was still a teen.
Ellen’s mother Betty was diagnosed with breast cancer and had one breast removed. Ellen’s new stepfather used this unfortunate situation as a way to manipulate Ellen in feeding his sexual desires.
The man told Ellen he needed to feel her breasts because he needed to check her for lumps.
“He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine,” DeGeneres revealed, recalling the situation.
But the man didn’t stop at one check.
Ellen says he “convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time.”
The man then attempted to break into her room, Ellen explained. He became more forceful, kicking her window out.
DeGeneres says she “ran ’cause I knew it was going to go more to something.”
The one reason adults often get away with sexual crimes is by instilling fear.
“I was too weak to stand up to — I was 15 or 16,” Ellen recalled of the painful experience.
DeGeneres says she is angry at herself now for not confronting the man or reporting him over his assault.
“And I didn’t want to tell my mother ’cause I was protecting her and I knew that would ruin her happiness,” Ellen admitted.
“It’s a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I’m actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that,” Ellen continued, adding, “It is just time for us to have a voice. It’s time for us to have power.”