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Tyler Perry revealed a devastating history of abuse in a recent blog post reflecting on his 40th birthday. Citing the forthcoming drama about an abused teen called Precious (which he and Oprah Winfrey are producing, with proceeds going to charity) as his impetus for detailing his childhood traumas, he told of his father beating his mother, his father beating him repeatedly, his neighbor sexually abusing him, and his father molesting his female friend. Before he details a lashing by extension cord at the hands of his father, he writes: “‘You F*#*ing jackass! You got book sense but you ain’t got no mothaf*#*en common sense! You ain’t sh*t and ain’t never gonna be sh*t!’ I heard this every day of my childhood. As my father would beat and belittle me, he played all kinds of mind games with me.” The I Can Do Bad All By Myself writer-director-mogul says he wanted to share his struggles with others who might be going through the same thing: “[Precious] took me through some raw emotions and brought me to some things and places in my life that I needed to deal with but had long forgotten. … I’m tired of holding this in. I don’t know what to do with it anymore, so, I’ve decided to give some of it away.”

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