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53 Celebrities Who Were Abused

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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 a combination of horrors. Sadly, several famous people have been molested and abused, physically and verbally. 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, abuser 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? What would you say to the abusers who mistreated these celebrities? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  1. Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Were Abused
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    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.

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor, Music artist, Singer
    • Credits: Battleship, Home, Styled to Rock, Styled to Rock
  2. Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Were Abused
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    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."

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: USA, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cloud Atlas, + more
  3. Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Were Abused
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    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.

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: South Africa, Benoni, Gauteng
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Arrested Development, Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate, Snow White and the Huntsman, + more
  4. Madonna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Were Abused
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    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.

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Bay City
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy, Die Another Day, Vision Quest, Evita, + more
  5. Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Were Abused
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    Drew Barrymore suffered child abuse and neglect from her father John Barrymore.  Drew, growing up a child star, was also introduced to drugs, alcohol, and sex at an early age.

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, Culver City, California
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Scream, Donnie Darko, Batman Forever, The Wedding Singer, + more
  6. Shakira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Were Abused
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    Shakira suffered domestic abuse from an old boyfriend.  The Colombian singer has become a symbol of women's empowerment across the globe.

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model, + more
    • Credits: The Voice, Love in the Time of Cholera, Shakira: Live and Off the Record, El Club de Los Tigritos, Shakira: Laundry Service - Washed and Dried, + more
  7. Pamela Anderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Were Abused
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    Pamela Anderson stated that he ex-husband Tommy Lee was mentally and physically abusive to her and her children.  Anderson and Lee divorced in 1998.

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Ladysmith, Canada
    • Profession: Activist, Television director, Nude Glamour Model, Television producer, Model, + more
    • Credits: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Home Improvement, Scary Movie 3, Scooby-Doo, Baywatch, + more
  8. Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 53 Celebrities Who Were Abused
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    Oprah Winfrey suffered from sexual abuse as a child in Milwaukee.  The talk show host as been vocal about her experience and she has helped many other victims move past their horrific pasts.

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Princess and the Frog, The Color Purple, Ocean's Thirteen, Bee Movie, The Butler, + more
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