Category: Mo'Nique

On 'Oprah,' Mo'Nique's brother Gerald Imes admits molestation

Monique portrait In 2008, comedian and actress Mo'Nique told Essence that her oldest brother had molested her. During the "Precious" publicity tour, she revealed she'd modeled her character in the film on the person she called her own "monster."

On Monday, Gerald Imes went on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to acknowledge that he had in fact sexually assaulted his sister starting when she was 7 or 8, and that he'd been "in denial" for 37 years about what he'd done.

He also apologized to Mo'Nique. Winfrey said the best supporting actress Oscar winner declined to participate in the show, but had given it her blessing.

"The hardest part for me was even to admit to her I did something wrong," Imes said. "I downplayed it by saying, 'If you think I did it ... .' There's no more 'if you think' — I did it. I did it. I'm not proud of it. Mo'Nique, I'm sorry.

Imes said he was molested also and went from victim to perpetrator. He was convicted of molesting another person after Mo'Nique and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Why did he come clean about his sister? Watch here. For interview highlights, click here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Mo'Nique in September 2009. Credit: Jeff Christensen / Associated Press

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Honey, just do what Mo'Nique wants -- she's an Oscar winner

Monique statue If anyone had any lingering thoughts that Mo'Nique might not be 1,000% in charge of her world right now, just get over that immediately.

Talking to the media backstage after winning her supporting actress statue, the self-proclaimed "stand-up comedian who won an Oscar" rearranged the order of questions, pushed a journalist to answer her own hey-wasn't-that-rhetorical question, and ordered a microphone be wrangled for the woman whose question she wanted to answer next.

"Can we get a mike to her?" asked the star, fresh off a Spirit Award win Friday night. "It's as simple as walking."

By way of explanation, she said wanted to go first to the people who'd come to her when nobody was lining up to ask her questions. And later, after she'd taken care of that business, she made the point that no, they weren't going to be done after the next question, but rather after she'd answered a few more she saw waiting to be asked.

She also expanded on her Hattie McDaniel reference earlier in the evening ...

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