Angela Bassett Recalls Childhood Molestation By Mother’s Friend
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.