Actress Emily Lloyd has revealed for the first time that she was sexually abused when she was five years old.
Emily, 43, who shot to fame as a 16-year-old in the hit 1987 film Wish You Were Here, makes the revelations in her forthcoming autobiography Wish I Was There, which is serialised in The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine today.She says her abuser was a family friend who babysat for her and her younger sister.
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Emily writes: ‘Mum had so many demands on her time that she often trusted babysitting duties to friends.
‘One family friend was an older man. What she didn’t know was that he was a depraved predator.
‘The man, once invited into the family home, betrayed that trust in the most sickening way imaginable.
‘He would come into my room after I’d gone to bed and subject me to acts so abhorrent it’s too painful to recount.
‘They were accompanied by the classic threats; if I told a soul about what was happening, worse would happen.
‘I felt dirty and worthless, invaded and helpless.
‘It went on for weeks, perhaps months. I never disclosed what was happening. Who would believe a five-year-old girl over a grown man? It seemed better to lock it away.’