Duck Dynasty Star Jep Robertson: I Was Sexually Abused At 6 Years Old (VIDEO)
Jep Robertson says he was sexually abused at 6 years old. The “Duck Dynasty” star makes the admission in a new interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” in advance of his upcoming memoir, which details the assault. See video below.
“I was 6 and it was on a school bus and it was an older girl,” Jep tells the outlet. In his book, the reality star says the fellow student would “come sit beside me, like a motherly figure almost,” but “after a while the girl started doing strange things.” He writes, “She’d take my hands and push them up under her shirt and tell me I was tickling her. Then she started making me pull down my pants. It was awkward. I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew something wasn’t right.”
Robertson now tells “Entertainment Tonight” that he kept the molestation a secret, leading to absences from school. “I think for a while I just tried to bury it so deep that I kind of forgot about it for a while,” he says. “I think God put that on me for meeting someone like [my wife] Jessica, who went through some hard times herself, and I think it made our relationship stronger once we talked about it.”
Jessica Robertson is the co-author of the duck hunter’s book, called The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness. Asked about the current controversy surrounding fellow conservatives, the Duggars, in the wake of the revelation that Josh Duggar molested his sisters when they were children, Robertson declines to give any specific advice. “I think we as a family just stuck together and prayed a lot,” he says, nothing that he doesn’t “really know what’s in [Josh’s] heart.”
The TV personality continues, “At some point I think you got to get a tough skin and no matter what anybody says about you, you just got to be like, ‘We’re just going to keep doing what we do.'” Jessica adds, “And I think that’s what they’re doing. I think they’re staying close-knit and I think they’ll be fine, but it’ll be a long road.”
The “Duck Dynasty” family, of course, had its own scandal to weather after patriarch Phil Robertson came under fire for anti-gay and racist remarks that nearly torpedoed their A&E series in 2013. Jessica says she not only likes what the Duggars stand for, but also can “sympathize with going through hard times in the media.” Robertson’s book is also expected to address his health issues. As Gossip Cop reported, he was hospitalized after suffering a seizure last fall. Check out video of Robertson’s “ET” interview below.