Ellen DeGeneres claimed that as a teenager she was sexually assaulted by her stepfather.
The 61-year-old made the accusation on Netflix & # 39; s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, in which she said he touched her breasts several times when she was a young teenager claiming she was looking for lumps .
Ellen's mother Betty, who is a breast cancer survivor, initially did not believe her when she told her and stayed with the man for 18 years.
Now she is & # 39; apologetic & # 39 ;, she said.
At the show, DeGeneres remembered how he pretended to check her breasts for lumps when the alleged abuse started.
& # 39; He told me when she was out of town that he had felt a lump in her chest and had to feel my breasts because he didn't want to upset her, but he had to feel mine.
Ellen DeGeneres claimed that she was sexually assaulted by her stepfather during her teen and says her mother Betty (pictured together in 2016) initially did not believe her. Betty stayed with the & # 39; very bad man & # 39; for 18 years. and then left him
Ellen, now 61, said the abuse happened when she was & # 39; 15 or 16 & # 39; She is shown above at that age
& # 39; Again, because I didn't know about bodies, I don't know that breasts are all different and … Anyway, he convinced me to feel my breasts and then he tried to do it again, and then another time.
& # 39; He is trying to break open my door, and I kicked out the window and ran away because I knew it would go more to something … and I didn't want to tell my mother because I protected her and I knew that that would ruin her happiness, & she said.
She added that while her mother Betty & # 39; now excuses everything & # 39 ;, she did not believe her when she initially trusted her a few years after the incident.
Betty stayed with the man for 18 years.
Ellen explained: & # 39; I'm mad at myself because, you know, I don't … I was too weak to stand up to … I was 15 or 16.
He tries to break open my door, and I kicked out the window and ran away because I knew it would go more to something … and I didn't want to tell my mother because I protected her and I knew it would destroy happiness
& # 39; It really is a terrible, terrible story and the only reason I am going to talk about it in detail is because I want other girls not, let's know, ever let anyone do that …
& # 39; 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.
& # 39; And then she didn't believe me and stayed with him for another 18 years. And he eventually left him because he had changed the story so many times. & # 39;
From her mother she said: & # 39; I have always cared for her all my life. So I kept taking care of her.
DeGeneres made the revelation during an interview with David Letterman on his Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
& # 39; I didn't really care. Until recently I went around: "I wish I would be better cared for. I wish she would have believed me."
& # 39; And she apologizes, but, you know … & # 39;
Ellen spoke earlier about sexual abuse when she was 15, while criticizing someone who Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court judge, did not believe.
This is the first time she has shared the details of the alleged attack.
She said she decided to speak out completely because & (39) we (women) just don't feel that we are worth it, or that we are afraid of having a voice, and we are afraid of no to say.
& # 39; That's the only reason I think it's important to talk about it because there are so many young girls and it doesn't matter how old you are.
& # 39; When I see people who speak out, especially now, it makes me angry when victims aren't believed because we just don't make things up. And I love men, but there are so many men who get away so much.
& # 39; It's time for us to have a voice. It is time for us to have strength. & # 39;
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