Award winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique is in the news again. On Monday, her brother Gerald Imes appeared on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to discuss his molestation of the performer, as well as an apology for his behavior.
In regards to the abuse that occurred for about two years, when he was 13 and Mo’Nique was 8 years old, Imes admitted, “I abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister… I’m sorry Mo’Nique. I’m sorry.”
A seemingly troubled family, Imes revealed that he was molested as a child as well, and began using drugs and alcohol by the age of 11. While speaking with the talk show queen he divulges, “Hopefully somewhere, somehow as siblings we can come back together as brother and sister.”
Although Mo’Nique has made her history of abuse public in the past, she declined to take part in the interview. However her parents did not. Yesterday while speaking with Winfrey the actresses mother, Alice Imes, said, “It was such a heartbreaking thing to accept.”
Mo’Nique may have given Oprah Winfrey permission to speak with her family on a national platform, but it remains to be seen if it will mend fences between she and brother Gerald Imes.