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Actress and comedian Mo'Nique has been outspoken about being molested by her older brother Gerald. In fact, Mo'Nique told Oprah that she drew from the pain her brother inflicted on her to portray Mary Jones, the vicious mother in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, the role that earned her an Oscar®. "I knew very well who that monster was. I knew Mary Jones," Mo'Nique told Oprah. "So when [the director] would say, 'Action,' that's the monster that I became."
For decades, Gerald has denied the claims his sister has made against him and refused all interview requests. He says he hasn't spoke to Mo'Nique in years. But now, Gerald is ready to talk.
"I'm here today to first acknowledge what I've been in denial for for 37 years, and that is I did assault and inappropriately touch my sister in manners that were uncomfortable for her," Gerald says. "And for that, I apologize and I'm humbly sorry that those actions had taken place."
Before agreeing to do the interview, Oprah says she spoke to Mo'Nique. While she didn't want to be involved, Oprah says Mo'Nique gave her blessing in hopes that her brother's account might save another family.