*USA Today has detailed Tyler Perry’s appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Wednesday, which saw the filmmaker candidly discuss several different moments of sexual abuse as a child growing up in New Orleans.
“I was about five or six,” the first time, he said. He was building a bird house in his backyard and a man from across the street came over and put “his hand in my pants,” said Perry. “I thought, ‘What is this?'”
The next person was “a male nurse at the hospital. And he was doing the same thing. … Then there was the man in the church who used God and the bible to justify a lot of the things that were going on. That was my first sexual appearance – this man performing oral sex on me as a boy.”
And there was the mother of a friend of his, who seduced Perry when he was 10. He went over to play with her son and she locked the front door, stretched out on the couch and spread her legs, not allowing him to leave.
“She puts the key inside herself and tells me to get it. I get the key but I feel my body betraying me again. I felt an erection. This is so disgusting – what these people did to this little boy – she pulled me on top of her and I felt myself inside of her,” he said.
He spoke of his father who “hated me so much.” (Watch here.) And of his mother, whom he “loved so much.” He also talked about how the molestation affected him during sexual experiences with women later in life. “Every time after sex I would go to the shower and wash it off of me. I needed to get way from it.”
He wept when Oprah asked him what he would say to the little boy left behind? “I would say, ‘It’s going to be all right.”
Tyler first raised the subject of his childhood abuse in 2009, when he posted a letter on his website after experiencing a flood of memories following a screening of the Oscar-nominated “Precious,” which he co-produced, including a story of remembering a man in his church who molested him.
Perry’s new movie, the adaptation of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” comes out in November.
Perry wasn’t the only one who cried during the show. He brought tears to Oprah’s eyes by thanking her for all she’s done for viewers for 25 years.
At the end of the show, Winfrey announced that Perry will return for a special Nov. 5 broadcast that will feature an audience of 200 men who suffered childhood sexual abuse.