PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Filmmaker Tyler Perry is expressing his
support for an alleged victim in the Penn State child sex-abuse
The producer and director makes his comments in an open letter
published by Newsweek, calling the alleged victim a hero for coming
Perry went public last year with his own story of childhood
Authorities in Pennsylvania have charged former assistant Penn
State football coach Jerry Sandusky with molesting eight boys over
15 years. Sandusky says he is innocent.
In his letter, Perry says it was courageous for a then
11-year-old boy to report alleged abuse. Perry says he didn't have
such courage when he was that age.
Perry says when he finally did tell a family member about his
own abuse, the relative did not believe him.
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