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Ellen DeGeneres: 'I Was Molested By My Stepdad'

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May 18, 2005 | 1:23pm EDT

TV chat show host Ellen DeGeneres is set to shock fans by revealing she was molested by her late stepfather when she was a child, in a new magazine interview.

The lesbian comic tells the new issue of Allure magazine she was a victim of her stepdad's lust in 1975, while her mother Betty was in hospital being treated for breast cancer.

DeGeneres, then a teenager, claims her guardian insisted on checking her for breast cancer lumps.

She recalls, "He made me let him feel my breasts. He made me lie down because he said he felt hers (mother's) when she was lying down."

After that incident, the comedienne's stepfather started to become violent when she refused his advances.

She adds, "He tried to break down the door to my bedroom... I had to kick a window out and escape and sleep in a hospital all night long."

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