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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