Oscar winner Mo’Nique acknowledged being molested as a child, and the person who abused her, brother Gerald Imes finally confessed to the crime on Oprah today (Apr. 19). He came forward, he said, to apologize to Mo’Nique.
“I abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister,” Imes, 47, said. “I’m sorry, Mo’Nique. I’m sorry.”
Gerald revealed began molesting Mo’Nique when he was 13 and she was 7 or 8.
“Most of the time, the abuse that I did with my sister took place while she was asleep [or] the appearance that she was asleep,” he recounts.
“Hopefully somewhere, somehow, as siblings we can come back together as brother and sister,” he said.
Imes said he was also molested as a child and fell into drugs and alcohol when he was only 11 to cope with the abuse.
“I accepted it as being the norm,” he says. “I started using cocaine, heroine, alcohol at the age of 11. I used these drugs to hide my own pain. Fear at that age kept me from acknowledging my own abuse,” he said.
“The drugs weren’t an excuse,” he adds. “They just allowed me the opportunity to do the things that were in the back of my mind as a kid that I always wanted to do.”
Ironically, Mo’Nique previously revealed to Oprah that she was able to draw on her tragic past to portray Mary Jones, the abusive mother in the film “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.” The role earned her an Academy Award.
“I knew very well who that monster was,” said Mo’Nique, 42. “I knew Mary Jones. So when [the director] would say, ‘Action,’ that’s the monster that I became.”
For decades, Gerald denied his sister’s allegations and refused all interview requests. He says he hasn’t spoke to Mo’Nique in years but is finally ready to tell the truth.
“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,” says Imes.
“And for that, I apologize and I’m humbly sorry that those actions had taken place.”