53 Celebrities Who Were Abused People
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53 Celebrities Who Were Abused

List Criteria: Famous victims and survivors of abuse

List of Celebrities Who Were Abused ranked by fame and popularity. Abuse comes in many forms. It can be physical, mental, sexual or as a combination of horrors. Several famous people have been the victims of abuse. Many of them speak of their past, so that other victims can feel empowered to move past their experiences. If you are a victim of abuse and you need someone to talk to call the national hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Who is the most famous celebrity who has been abused. Rihanna tops our list. Rihanna was involved in a very public incident of domestic abuse at the hand of her boyfriend Chris Brown. Photos that were released after the incident showed Rihanna's face bruised and swollen. The incident occurred the night before the Grammy awards and both singers cancelled their appearances at the awards show.

Tyler Perry was a victim of multiple forms of abuse. He discussed the incidents and how he got over them in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Perry says, “I think that everyone who's been abused, there is a string to the puppet master, and they're holding you hostage to your behaviors and what you do. At some point, you have to be responsible for them. What I started to do is untie the strings and chase them down to where they came from. And I was able to free myself and understand that even though these things happened to me, it was not me.”

What do you think is the best way for people to move on after they have been abused? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  1. Rihanna was the victim of domestic abuse at the hand of then boyfriend Chris Brown. Brutal photos were released just after the incident showing the pop star with a swollen and bruised face.



    Age: age 26
    Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados
    Profession: Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor, Music artist, Singer
    Institution: Combermere School
    Height: 5'8"
    Born: 1988
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  2. Halle Berry grew up with an abusive father.  The Oscar winner discussed her difficult past with James Lipton on his show "Inside the Actor's Studio."



    Age: age 48
    Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    Institution: Heskett Middle School, Cuyahoga Community College, Bedford High School
    Height: 5'5"
    Born: 1966
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  3. Charlize Theron grew up with an abusive father who would frequently state that he was going to kill the whole family.  Theron's mother shot her father in self defense after he came home drunk and agitated one night.



    Age: age 39
    Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
    Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director
    Institution: Joffrey Ballet School
    Height: 5'9"
    Born: 1975
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  4. Madonna was raped on a New York rooftop when she was just 19.  She also suffered mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband Sean Penn throughout their four year marriage.



    Age: age 56
    Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
    Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 5 more
    Institution: West Junior High, Rochester Adams High School, University of Michigan, St. Andrew's School
    Height: 5'4"
    Born: 1958
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  5. Drew Barrymore suffered child abuse at the hand of her father John Barrymore.  Drew, growing up a child star, was also introduced to drugs, alcohol, and sex at an early age.



    Age: age 39
    Birthplace: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author + 3 more
    Height: 5'4"
    Born: 1975
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