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Todd Bridges Admits He Was Sexually Abused

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Sometimes we really feel bad for these former child stars.

Todd Bridges of Diff'rent Strokes fame opens up about being sexually abused as a 12-year-old by his publicist in his memoir Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted.

Bridges told his father that his publicist performed oral sex on him and his father, who physically abused him, didn't believe it! Bridges writes:

"Bringing all that up was tough in a way, but I resolved the issues. It's kind of sad to know that a grown man would take advantage of a child. But what made it more tough was that your father took the guy's side. That kind of broke me at 12 years old. I was really lost after that."

How awful! Bridges also writes about co-star Dana Plato, who died in 1999 after a prescription drug overdose, introducing him to drugs and leading him to addiction including cocaine and crystal meth.

But Todd's been sober for 17 years and says of writing the book:

"I really wanted to tell what really happened… They always want to make me blame Hollywood. That's just not the truth. You know how they say Hollywood throws childhood stars away? That wasn't true in my case."

Sad, but we're glad he was able to get his life together! That isn't always the case for some.

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23 comments to “Todd Bridges Admits He Was Sexually Abused”



  1. 1

    No wonder he is so messed up…hope he heals….



  2. 2

    i didn't know Michael Jackson was a publicist.



  3. 3

    whats with all these loser z-listers writing lame ass books? mckenzie philips, that bradey bunch girl, and now this guy. nobody cares!!!!!!!1



  4. 4

    That Dana was trouble from the word go.



  5. 5

    I'm tired of hearing of these little fuckers who do this to little boys and girls. I just saw on Oprah the other day, a mom sexually abusing her son and bringing in other men to do it to him and his sister. WTF. Sick world, They'll all go to hell.



  6. 6

    Dear Bongo,it is lame and stupid to allege that Michael Jackson molested little boys.Do you even know that 99% of the population in the world now does not believe he was a child molester?He was acquitted of all charges in 2005 of molesting Gavin Arvizo and when he died his autopsy report describing his genitalia proved he did not molest the first boy Jordan Chandler after all.The FBI monitored his computers,his books,his phone calls,his emails for 10 years and the FBI could not find child porn on any of his stuff so STOP ALLEGING THAT MICHAEL JACKSON WAS A CHILD MOLESTER…DUMB ASS FREAK!!!!!



  7. 7

    Re: fiona1978 – THANK YOU! Could'nt have said it better my self.



  8. 8

    Re: fiona1978 – 99% of the world thinks he is a pedophile. He looked into a camera on national TV and said that he liked to share his bed with little boys. He may have created beautiful music but he had a penchant for the lil ones. He was the Grand Wizard of Cub Scout leaders.



  9. 9

    The tender age of 12. That's just the age you like them Perez. I'll bet you're just slobbering over the details.



  10. 10

    he is looking really good and I hope he stays that way. Best of luck Todd!



  11. 11

    He's been saying it for many, many years. This is nothing new.

  12. chiro says – reply to this


    12

    Of course he was. How else would he be able to excuse his drug abuse! Pathetic!



  13. 13

    That takes a lot of courage to admit that, may God Bless him.



  14. 14

    poor guy :(



  15. 15

    what "sad" is that anyone would agree to publish this, and that anyone is stupid enough to buy it.



  16. 16

    Re: bongo – wow bongo, you really obsessed with michael jackson arnt you!! so much so your even writing your same old crap about him on other posts!!
    but if you insist on spouting your crap about him all over the net then tell it how it was, without leaving bits out to suit yourself!! eg… "he looked into a camera on national tv and said he liked to share his bed with little boys" HE ALSO LOOKED INTO THAT VERY SAME CAMERA AND SAID HE SLEPT ON THE FLOOR!! AND HE DID NOT SAY JUST BOYS!!
    dont try and make it sound worse than it was, especially when it is actually on camera and is in fact on youtube for all to see..



  17. 17

    Re: bongo – Jackson was guilty of being naive, wanting to regain his childhood. He made no secret of that, because of his clear conscience.No peodophile could be that open, and 10 years of investigation proved him innocent. Read the FBI reports, and Ian Halperin's book. But people like you are simpletons, not intelligent enough to read such documents and books.Try and educate yourself.



  18. 18

    Re: fiona1978 – Fiona, some people are too stupid to reason with.



  19. 19

    I don't believev there is ANY evidence out there to prove MJ molested children. Saying he likes to share his bed with young boys like kids do at sleepovers is strange for a grown man but it DOES NOT MEAN he molested kids.
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    Are you so stupid as to believe that for molestation to take place a bed must be present? Newflash: practiced pedos can molest a child right in front of their parents w/out the parents even realizing it. A man can molest a child standing up. A man can molest a child sitting down. A bed does NOT need to be involved.
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    A true pedo would NEVER admit to sharing his bed with children. EVER. B/c he KNOWS he is guilty. MJ was so absolutely naive that he practiced very poor judgment - he figured that b/c he found sharing a bed with kids innocent and similar to having sleepovers that everyone would think so too. If your only proof of MJ being a pedo is that he shared a bed with kids…then you are just stupid. I've shared a bed with my gfs many times while on vacation…we didn't have sex. Geezus.

  20. 6one9 says – reply to this


    20

    It's called “DENIAL“` My Mom & the rest of the family ran there when I told her what my father molested me as a child. ( I told her when I was 24) Todd's daddy was probably in it for the $$$$$$$$$$ that Todd was making. I hope Todd got back at both men for what happened to him at 12. I know “` my father “` got his. :)



  21. 21

    of couse he was abused , he's got a book to sell. every actor /actress who has a book out or coming out has been abused or did drugs , had an affair , tried suicide and so on and so on.



  22. 22

    He seems nice. He was such a sweet kid. STFU you haters/losers.



  23. 23

    speaks VOLUMES re his later drug use.
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    Todd has been sober for 17 years, has a good marriage, has kids - he's one of the success stories.
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    Please just be sure to mentino the 17 years of sobriety when you blog about him, Perez.