Marlee Matlin opened up to “Access Hollywood’s” Nancy O’Dell about how she was allegedly taken advantage of by a babysitter and high school teacher, and she discussed her tumultuous relationship with actor William Hurt. The multi-part interview will air on “Access Hollywood” tonight, Monday, April 13th, Tuesday, April 14th and Wednesday, April 15th.
Matlin, whose book “I’ll Scream Later” is out this month, opened up to O’Dell about her complex past and how the time felt right to share her story.
Matlin claimed when she was 11 years old, she had an incident with a female who babysat her once. “She was supposed to baby-sit and not do other things. It wasn’t pretty,” Matlin said.
O’Dell asked if she was molested and Matlin answered, “Yes…I remember feeling shocked when she asked me to do things. I remember feeling very, very violent and very disgusted.”
When she was in high school, Matlin claimed there was a male teacher with whom she had a relationship.
“It was a teacher, who obviously, I as a student was supposed to trust as I would a babysitter,” Matlin explained. “But this is a time where I was older and I knew about sex…I didn’t really understand it wasn’t right.”
O’Dell asked Matlin if her teacher stole her virginity and Matlin responded, “Yes. My teacher took away my virginity.”
Matlin, who was in rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Center when she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar® for the 1986 film “Children of a Lesser God,” said, “Nothing made me happy except the drugs, that’s how bad it was. I could have easily smoked 20 joints a day.”
Matlin was in a relationship with actor William Hurt at the time and now claims that relationship was volatile.
Matlin does give credit to Hurt for supporting her when she decided to go to rehabilitation. “I can safely say that if it weren’t for him, I probably would not be sitting here,” said Matlin.
When asked if she contacted Hurt to tell him about the book, Matlin said that she did not and added, “He knows what happened. I know what happened. We both were there.”
“Access Hollywood” reached out to Hurt’s representatives, and as of press time, there was no comment.
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