Angela Bassett Recalls Childhood Molestation By Mother’s Friend

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Many know Angela Bassett for playing strong female characters on screen and being an inspiration to many women, young and old. Now, the 61-year-old strong woman is opening up and telling her own story about experiencing sexual molestation as a child.

On the red carpet, the “What’s Love Got to Do With It” star recently revealed at the Rape Foundation annual brunch in Santa Monica, Calif that when she was a pre-teen, her mother’s boyfriend entered her room in the middle of the night while she was sleeping and started to fondle her breasts.

“Fortunately, it wasn’t a complete assault, it was fondling, but it was devastating enough for a child who’s 12 or 13,” Bassett said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Bassett is focused on making sure her kids know the importance of boundaries and being respectful of others.