Demi Moore says she was raped at 15 by man who paid mum £400

24 September 2019, 02:15

Demi Moore has said she was raped at 15 by a man who knew her mum
Demi Moore has said she was raped at 15 by a man who knew her mum. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

Hollywood actress Demi Moore has said she was raped at the age of 15 by a man who claimed to pay her mum $500 (£400).

The 56-year-old made the allegations during an interview on Good Morning America, and said she was attacked by an older man who knew her mum.

After he had raped her, Moore alleges, he said her mother had sold her to him for 500 US dollars (£401).

Moore's mother was an alcoholic who died in 1998.

Asked if she believed the man, she said: "I think, in my deep heart no. I don't think it was a straightforward transaction.

"But she still - she did give him the access and put me in harm's way."

Moore dedicated her book, Inside Out, to her mother, as well as her three daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis.

Moore said her mother attempted suicide while the actress was 12 and it was her intervention that saved her life.

"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 revealed.

Moore discussed her rise to the top in Hollywood.

She found fame in the 1980s with appearances in films such as Blame It On Rio and St Elmo's Fire, before her starring role in 1990 romantic thriller Ghost opposite the late Patrick Swayze cemented her status as one of the world's biggest stars.

After becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, critics gave her the nick name "Gimme Moore" - but Moore was not bothered by the jibe.

"Why shouldn't all women be paid equal to the quality of the work they're doing? Just treat me the same. No better, no worse", she said.