Depserate Housewives star Vanessa Williams recently opened up about the sexual abuse she suffered as a 10-year-old school girl and now the 49-year-old mother-of-four is revealing details about her high school pregnancy and abortion.
“Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life,” Vanessa divulges during an emotional interview with ABC’s Nightline. “I knew in high school that’s something that I was not prepared to do, or fight, or struggle with.”
The actress goes on to correlate her early sexual activity with the molestation she suffered at the hands of a family friend when she was only ten years old.
“I think I was highly sexualized because I was in fifth grade and I had this experience,” she explains. “Because it feels good, you’re like, OK, well this is supposed to be normal. That’s not normal for a 10-year-old to be seduced.”
During her appearance on Nightline (Vanessa was accompanied by her mother Helen Williams), Vanessa confesses that she underwent an abortion after she discovered she was pregnant because she was petrified to tell her parents.
Although the Ugly Betty star remained silent about the abuse for many years, she has decided to open up about her secret past in her upcoming memoir titled You Have No Idea.
In the autobiography, she also reveals that she allowed a photographer to take nude photos of her after he promised they would never be released.
“I started out on top of a cab and ended up in a studded collar upstairs an hour later,” Vanessa recalls. “That was my joke, saying, you know, ‘How could I go from this trusting, you know, photo shoot, to being in S&M clothing within the same shoot with a guy I didn’t know.'”
In the end, the photographer didn’t keep his word and Vanessa was transported from the stage of Miss America to the pages of Penthouse, leading to a sex scandal that cost the beauty queen her crown.
“I’ve learned to embrace my past. I embrace the choices that I have been given in my life,” she concludes.