DWTS‘ Carrie Ann Inaba Opens Up About Being ‘Molested As A Kid’
Sharing her truth.
On Thursday, Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba stopped by The Talk for a guest cohosting gig. During her sit down on the chat show, Inaba and the other cohosts discussed the allegations that Whitney Houston was molested by her cousin, Dee Dee Warwick.
The accusations came about in a recently premiered documentary at the Cannes Film Festival. This topic hit close to home for the American dancer, as she revealed that she too was molested at a young age. The professional choreographer relayed:
“It’s so sad that she was molested. Being molested is such a horrible thing and it does affect you. I think that the director’s right to notice that and try to figure it out. When you share that you’ve been molested, it’s usually to get some sort of closure for yourself or to make sure it doesn’t happen to other people, and I don’t think that that served any of those purposes in this case. I feel like it’s sensationalizing something and trying to get the most out of it for the documentary.”
Oh damn. Whitney director Kevin Macdonald has since defended his decision to share this speculation. Per Macdonald, Houston’s half brother, Gary Garland, alleged that he was sexually abused as a child by Dee Dee and thought that his sister was a victim as well.
In response to the conversation, Sharon Osbourne noted that Whitney “had a hole in her heart” which she “couldn’t fill, thus she turned to drugs. This remark inspired Carrie Ann to open more, as she admitted:
“It’s true, I was molested as a kid and I feel exactly what you just said, there is a hole in me that I can never fill… So I get that.”
Inaba previously opened up about past abuse she suffered as, during an October 2017 visit to The Talk, she revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a martial arts teacher.
For Carrie Ann’s words on the trauma, be sure to watch the clip (above).