WATCH: Bella Thorne claims she was sexually harassed from ages 6 to 14

Former Disney star Bella Thorne who starred in Disney’s Shake It Up with co-star Zendaya claims she was “molested” and “physically abused” as a child actress in the entertainment industry, and those around her “saw and did nothing about it.”

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Here’s the video of Bella sharing her story in an interview with BUILD as she speaks about her new book The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray:

In the interview, she was asked by an audience member regarding transitioning from being controlled by Disney to where she is now that she can freely express herself. Thorne stated in the video:

The transition, it’s definitely tough. But it is what it is. It’s like anything in my life. If you read the book you’ll be like, ‘Haha transitioning from Disney to this was f****** easy.’ I don’t know. Getting molested for f****** from when your six to your fourteen seems like way harder circumstances. You’re being physically abused all the time. Seems like a much more difficult situation than f****** having paparazzi following you since you were twelve. Um, I don’t know. I was still being molested when paparazzi were still f****** following me. So it’s pretty hard in my mind to think of these big flashlight photographs, and everyone thinking they know me and talking about me, but having no idea the type of mistreatment that I was still dealing with at that time. That everyone around me saw and did nothing. So, I don’t know you tell me what’s so hard. ‘Cause that to me, way harder than any of this other shit I deal with on a daily basis.

Thorne didn’t reveal any names of her abusers but here’s a thread on twitter which shares old articles related to the matter.

Photo: (Screenshot from Youtube Video / BUILD Series)


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