Demi Moore said she was raped at age 15 by a man who paid her alcoholic mother $500 for the unspeakable act. The 56-year-old opened up about the shocking episode, which she initially detailed in her new memoir “Inside Out,” with Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” Monday.
She also recently spoke on her regrets of having threesomes with ex husband Ashton Kutcher. Moore has dedicated the book to her three daughters as well as her troubled mother, who died in 1998. According to the actress, the sexual encounter happened when she came home one night and her mother was in their apartment with an older man. After he raped her, Moore says the man asked her how it felt “to be whored by your mother for $500.”
“I think, in my deep heart no — I don’t think it was a straightforward transaction,” Moore told the television journalist about whether she felt her mother sold her. “But she still — she did give him the access and put me in harm’s way,” Moore shared.
After Moore’s parents divorced, she lived with her mother, who would bring her along to bars in hopes of attracting men.
Attempting to escape her shattered childhood, Moore dropped out of high school and left her home. It was then when she decided to attend acting auditions despite lack of training.
“I mean, I was figuring it out, by the seat of my pants,” said Moore. “The school of ‘fake it till you make it… I don’t have anything to lose. I don’t have anything, so why not?”
Moore’s upbringing was far from loving. The star said both her parents suffered from alcoholism and the family moved across the country frequently as they faced debt. Moore said she was 12 when her mother first attempted suicide.
“I remember using my fingers, the small fingers of a child, to dig the pills my mother had tried to swallow, out of her mouth,” Moore recalled in her book.
Moore also told Sawyer, 73, that her mother attempted suicide “many, many times.” The actress also learned that the man she believed and loved as a dad was not her biological father. Moore then told herself that “I wasn’t wanted, or that I don’t deserve to be here.”