Maddie Corman, 49, from Harlem, New York, remains married to Jace Alexander (shown together in 2014)
An actress whose husband has been guilty of child pornography has revealed the criticism she received for supporting him.
Maddie Corman, 49, from Harlem, New York, explained how after rehabilitation, relationship therapy and a lot of pain related to ethics and forgiveness, she is still with her director husband Jace Alexander, best known for his work as a director on Law & Order.
In 2016, Alexander pleaded guilty to two offenses involving the possession and sharing of illegal and obscene performances of sexual behavior by a child under the age of 17.
The director was sentenced to ten years of probation and had to register as a sex offender.
But Corman spoke to the New York Times and expressed her fear that by staying with her husband she undermined the #MeToo movement because she was one of the nine women who spoke out against playwright Israel Horovitz last year.
Mrs. Corman also said that she stayed with her husband because she did not want her children to grow up without a parent.
She told the Times of London: & I was not interested in having my children grow up without a parent as long as he was willing to get help and be the best person he could.
& # 39; And again, I am aware that a decision does not fit well with some people. I wish I could tell you that it doesn't upset me, but it does. I don't like defending that choice. And I don't like having my children read that too.
& # 39; That is really very painful for me and really not something that I had ever expected. I was proud to be married to whom I am married. And I'm still proud to be married to him. I am. & # 39;
Corman made a one-woman game about her ordeal – revealing that the couple are still married almost four years later.
In 2016, Alexander pleaded guilty to two offenses involving the possession and sharing of illegal and obscene performances of sexual behavior by a child under 17. The director was sentenced to ten years of probation and had to register as a sex offender
Mrs. Corman, the star and writer of Accidentally Brave, who opens this month at the DR2 theater in the city, discovered Alexander's filthy crimes after the arrest of her three children's father three and a half years ago.
She remembered how at first she thought there had been a terrible mistake: & # 39;[This was a man who] listens to NPR and makes bad jokes and sings songs at the piano and reads The New Yorker and plans for the future and who doesn't flirt with my friends. & # 39;
However, when her 21-year-old husband confirmed that it was true, she picked him up in Brooklyn after being released on bail and claiming to have beaten him.
During the saga, Corman began to write down her experience, and her friend Kristin Hanggi – who directs Accidentally Brave – encouraged her to turn it into a play.
And while the actress admitted that she feared what people would say and whether it could hurt her children even more, Corman told the publication that she often reminds herself that it is not as scary to do the show as & # 39; life was & # 39 ;.
The actress, who revealed that she still has flashbacks, added: & I would not wish what happened to me or my children to anyone.
Mrs. Corman and her husband, whose mother is Jane Alexander (pictured together), had to sell their parental home
& # 39; But the way I feel, and honestly the way my husband feels, is that when we keep things in the dark, that's when shame and pain actually grows. & # 39;
Mrs. Corman and her husband, whose mother is actress Jane Alexander, had to sell their family home in Dobbs Ferry, New York, as & # 39; everyone knew & # 39; in the & # 39; small town & # 39 ;, while their children changed schools.
Now the breadwinner, her husband is currently producing a documentary – working title Tsunami – about pornography and how destructive it can be.
According to a police report at that time, Alexander published a short film on the file sharing site Torrent, on which a 12-year-old girl showed sex acts in June 2016. Another video on his computer showed a six-year-old girl masturbating.