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Mo'Nique and Oprah Winfrey both seemed quite chummy with one another after Mo'Nique's Oscar win for her performance in the drama Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire (which Winfrey helped produce). But now the tide has turned.
On Monday, Mo'Nique's older brother Gerald Imes appeared on The Oprah Show to come clean about the fact that he had, in fact, molested Mo'Nique when they were children. Imes admitted he sexually abused his younger sister for nearly two years, beginning when she was just 7 years old.
According to RadarOnline.com, Winfrey, a fellow survivor of abuse, had contacted Mo'Nique to ask whether it was okay if Imes (reportedly the one who initially contacted Winfrey) were to appear on the show. While the actress/comedian gave her blessing, a source close to her now says she is "not happy" with the result of the interview.
The source went on to reveal: "Oprah and Mo’Nique were never the best of friends. Mo’Nique was less than impressed with how the interview played out as she felt that her brother lied and that it was not sympathetic enough towards her. She was particularly upset that Gerald lied to Oprah that he molested her while she was sleeping because she was wide awake and scared of him. Also, she is angry that he did not get any help or enter a rehab and she does not trust him around children."
Imes' appearance may have had the reverse effect he wanted it to have, which was possible reconciliation with Mo'Nique, 42. During the broadcast, Imes apologized to Mo'Nique: "Hopefully somewhere, somehow as siblings we can come back together as brother and sister," he told Oprah.
Now it seems Mo'Nique's relationship with Imes and her parents (who also appeared in the episode) is more strained than ever. The source explained, "If anything it has made the situation worse between Mo’Nique and her family and she doesn’t know if she will ever speak to them again now."
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