During a discussion on E!’s Daily Pop on Wednesday, Tisha Campbell-Martin opened up about her experiences of sexual abuse as a child. Tisha – who will portray Simone Biles in the upcoming biopic focusing on the Olympian’s life – sat down with the hosts, Justin Sylvester, and Morgan Stewart and spoke candidly about sexual abuse and victimization.
At the beginning of the month, the US Olympic Gymnast went on social media to share with her followers that she was also victimized at the hands of Larry Nassar.
She stated at the beginning of her post that people know her as a girl who is always smiling and laughing, so the revelations are surprising.
As it was previously reported, Larry Nassar received a sentence of 175 years in prison for several counts of child molestation against the US Gymnastics team.
The judge Aquinilia, when responding to Larry’s claim that it was “cruel,” to hear the impact statements, said he had to listen because nothing is as cruel as the way he treated the girls throughout his time as a trusted medical professional.
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As for Tisha, she can embody the role of Simone with ease, because of her own experiences of abuse as a child. While speaking with Daily Pop, Tisha said she had been sexually abused when she was 3-years-old.
However, the perpetrator didn’t get away with it. She said, “I told, I told right away, right away I told. I had a father who was a big guy, and I trusted that he would protect me.”
Although, the actress conceded that even though she felt protected by her father, and the abuse stopped, those feelings can have a long-lasting effect later in life. Tisha admitted she didn’t reach out to Simone after the Olympian told her story on social media. According to the actress, “that’s a family matter.”