In an upcoming book about The View – called Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View – Rosie O’Donnell reveals to author Ramin Setoodeh that she was sexually abused by her father.
“It started very young,” she said.
“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,” she said. “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.”
Since her father’s death in August of 2015 (at age 81), the talk show host has said she has moved on from the pain.
“He had his own issues and demons,” she told Piers Morgan in 2012, adding, “You get to be 50 years old, you can’t still be angry at what your father did in 1970 … I have forgiven him.”
Ladies Who Punch (THAT TITLE!) comes out April 2.
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