from STAR MAGAZINE
Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher says that her uncle sexually molested her as a child. The 41-year-old actress reveals the shocking news in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair. "This is something I’ve tried to hide my whole life," Hatcher tells the magazine. In 2002, she says she learned that a 14-year-old victim of her uncle had committed suicide. Concerned that he would escape charges of molestation, Hatcher approached the prosecutors. "I was just blown away by this young girl’s pain," she says. "I thought, boy, that’s really close to being me. Any day of the week I could feel that sort of pain. I haven’t tried to kill myself, but I’ve certainly thought about it." After Hatcher came forward, her uncle, Richard Hayes Stone, then 64-years-old, pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation in the case of the 14-year-old victim and received 14 years in prison.
Read more on Teri’s struggle with abuse in this week’s issue of Star magazine.