Moviemaker Tyler Perry choked back tears on a recent Oprah Winfrey Show taping as he recalled his abusive upbringing in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The actor/director went public about his awful youth for the first time in a series of posts and musings on his website last year - and only now is he brave enough to talk about his brutal past.
In his interview with pal Winfrey, which will air on Wednesday , Perry struggled to compose himself as he talked about the day he "died" when he was first raped by a member of his family. The mogul recalled being beaten and sexually abused by a male and a female relative - and how he once blacked out for three days.
And as the tears gave way to rage, Perry told Winfrey, "It's so disgusting."
The Why Did I Get Married? director, real name Emmitt Perry Jr., also opens up about his efforts to commit suicide when the abuse became too much for him to bear.