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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.

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  • Terri

    It’s funny how her husband looks just like her brother. Sometimes the things in our past manifests in our future it may be a repressed issue that you may be going through but can’t see.

    • daphne

      Ouch. What a keen eye you have. I would not have noticed that without the juxtaposition of the pictures.

  • Detrice79

    That’s her husband not her brother ,100%.
    Anyway ,its sad Monique had to go through such a traumatic experience although it ll might never happen I hope she ll be able to overcome her issues with her brother .

  • Her brother needs to get off tv, out of newspapers, and stay away from media. Once you abuse someone you have NO RIGHT to ask them for their forgiveness. As a victim of sexual abuse I have forgiven those who have trespassed against me but only so far as that when I do have to see their faces I don’t walk up to them and hurt them. I also make it a point to avoid them at any and all costs. The thing about abuse is, it is the individual choice of the victim to choose whether or not to forgive their abusers and NO ONE should force or try to persuade them to forgive. And even when they do forgive, I do not think they should ever forget what that person did. If anything, I think her brother should do some *mandatory* therapy for what he did.