On an upcoming episode of David Letterman's Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, beloved comedian and TV-host Ellen DeGeneres opens up about being sexually abused by her stepfather as a teenager.
Ellen told Letterman that when she was between the ages of 15 or 16, her stepdad would check her breasts for "lumps" -- using her mother's breast cancer diagnosis as an excuse to touch her inappropriately.
"My mother had had breast cancer right after they got married," she tells Letterman, according to E! News. "So she had a breast removed, and they had a very, very sexual relationship, which was also very uncomfortable for me. And he told me when she was out of town that he'd felt a lump in her breast, and needed to feel my breasts because he didn't want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine...Anyway," she continues, "he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time he tried to break my door down, and I kicked the window out and ran 'cause I knew it was gonna go more to something."
DeGeneres then goes on to say that she didn't speak up at the time for fear of hurting her mother, who was very happy in her marriage. When Ellen eventually did tell her, it didn't go over very well. "She didn’t believe me and then she stayed with him for 18 more years," she reveals to Letterman.
"…I mean, it's a really horrible, horrible story, and the only reason I'm actually gonna go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not, you know, ever let someone do that," she says, adding later, "... it angers me when victims aren't believed because we just don't make stuff up. And I like men, but there are so many men that get away with so much. It is just time for us to have a voice," she concludes. "It's time for us to have power."
The full episode will be out when season two of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction premieres on May 31.