Rosie O’Donnell has revealed that her own father sexually abused her when she was growing up.
The former talk show host, 56, has previously mentioned her history of sexual abuse as a child, including on the Howard Stern Show in 2017.
But she’s never before blamed her late dad, Edward Joseph, who died in 2015.
In a shocking disclosure, O’Donnell said of the alleged abuse in the upcoming book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,’ “It started very young. And then when my mother died, it sort of ended in a weird way, because then he was with these five children to take care of.
“On the whole, it’s not something I like to talk about. Of course, it changes everyone. Any child who is put in that position, especially by someone in the family, you feel completely powerless and stuck, because the person you would tell is the person doing it.”
The famed comedienne has previously said about her lifelong depression, “I have suicide ideation — it means you think about it, you never make the plan necessarily of how you’re going to do it.”
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