Ellen DeGeneres’ mom re­grets not be­liev­ing abuse al­le­ga­tions

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Ellen DeGeneres’ mother re­grets not be­liev­ing her daugh­ter’s al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual abuse by her late step­fa­ther.

“I know now that one of the hard­est things to do is speak up af­ter be­ing sex­u­ally abused,” Betty DeGeneres said to NBC News in an ex­clu­sive state­ment Fri­day, adding that she wished she’d “had the ca­pac­ity to lis­ten to her when she told me what hap­pened.”

The talk-show host went into de­tail about the sex­ual abuse al­legedly per­pe­trated by her step­fa­ther in a re­cent in­ter­view with David Let­ter­man for his show “My Next Guest Needs No In­tro­duc­tion.”

“I live with that re­gret,” Betty DeGeneres said, “and I wouldn’t want that for any other par­ent. If some­one in your life has the courage to speak out, please be­lieve them.”

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