Legendary rapper LL Cool J has for the first time publicly spoken about the brutal and systematic abuse he endured as child.
In a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, the rapper-turned-actor opened up about a friend of his mother savagely beating him when he was a young child.
He was responding to a question from the queen of television about revelations in his 1997 autobiography, Make My Own Rules, where he claims a man named Roscoe — who lived with the rapper’s mother –physically and mentally abused him.
“You call it abuse, but it was torture,” Winfrey told him when speaking about the topic. “Yeah, a friend of my mother’s, you know it wasn’t sexual, it was just beatings, take all your clothes off,” the rapper explained, “kicked out in the snow, stay outside.”
LL went onto say that he would get, “beat with vacuum cleaner pipes, strip naked, ‘Put your hands on the bunk bed,’ and when you fall down, ‘ Get back up, stand up.'”
Though when LL’s autobiography hit the shelves back in the 90s, a man called Gaston Roscoe Granger came out and said the hip-hop star gave an inaccurate account of their years together.
This is just the latest intimate celebrity interview Winfrey has managed to scoop, just a week after her widely-praised interview with Lance Armstrong. For the first time ever the disgraced cyclist confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tour de France titles.
The much-hyped Armstrong interview drew 3.2 million American viewers during the first part of the interview last Thursday, a big plus for Winfrey’s struggling cable channel OWN.
The LL Cool J interview will be aired Sunday at 9 p.m. PST on OWN
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