Janet Jackson hasn’t had the easiest time since that infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004. In the five years since, she’s lost her brother, broken up with long-time boyfriend Jermaine Dupri (though not before he vomited on her in public), suffered vertigo on stage and left her last record label after only one (flop) album. With all the great music she’s given us, we’re glad to see her smiling away at the special screening for Why Did I Get Married Too? in NYC last night, joined by everyone from Jill Scott and the Rev. Al Sharpton to Ice-T and CoCo (yes, star/writer/producer/director Tyler Perry was there too). While the film is unlikely to top the box office when it’s released in April (a little flick called Clash Of The Titans comes out the same day), Perry’s track record suggests Jackson should have another hit on her hands. She’s earned it!
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In an email to fans, writer/actor/producer Tyler Perry has revealed that he is the survivor of childhood abuse and molestation. The Madea star says he was inspired to pen his note after viewing the film Precious for the first time, a movie he then went on to co-produce with pal (and fellow abuse survivor) Oprah Winfrey, and which tells the story of one teenager’s struggle with sexual and physical violence. “It gave me so much hope after watching it,” writes Perry. “For everyone who has been a Precious, male or female, this movie will make you so glad you made it through.”
He goes on to discuss physical violence at the hands of his alcoholic father and sexual abuse by a female neighbor at the age of ten (she locked him in her house, put the door key inside her vagina and told him to “come get it”), and references a male member of his church who molested him. As if that wasn’t horrific enough, his grandmother once bathed him in ammonia to “cure” him of his allergies. How did he get through these years of terror? “GOD,” writes Tyler, “only GOD.”
Read Tyler’s letter in its entirety here. [Photo: GettyImages]
A woman is being held without bail after breaking a restraining order from Tyler Perry. According to TMZ, Dawne Wilson sent life-threatening e-mails to the actor/director in 2008 (“You need to check your heart condition because it is filled with murder….your love has been but costly and deadly….Murder I say is the verdict”). In his restraining order, Perry claimed he “immediately feared violent injury.”
Wilson, spotted outside of Perry’s Atlanta production studio last Wednesday, was arrested at the scene. She is scheduled to appear in court on April 30th.
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Now the mischief-makin’ grandma has really done it. Her wise-talkin’ and hell-raisin’ ways have landed her in the slammer in Tyler Perry’s latest comedy, Madea Goes To Jail. Sneak a peek of Madea’s latest adventure with our EXCLUSIVE trailer above.