Scoop: Margaret Cho reveals she was abused as a child

Margaret Cho told Billboard magazine about her painful childhood. (Courtesy Kyle Christy}

In an interview in Billboard, the usually hilarious Margaret Cho shared some information about her past, and it’s not funny.

The beloved San Francisco-born comic told the magazine about being sexually abused, raped and bullied as a child and teen.

Between ages of 5 and 12, Cho was sexually molested by a close family friend. “I had a very long-term relationship with this abuser, which is a horrible thing to say,” she told Billboard. “I didn’t even understand it was abuse, because I was too young to know. I endured it so many times, especially because I was alone a lot.” Even worse — her family knew about it, and didn’t do anything about it.

In high school, she confided that she had been raped, only to be bullied and told, “You are disgusting, and you deserve to be raped.” To heal, she turned to comedy and songwriting, even penning song called “I Want to Kill My Rapist.”

“I think Bill Cosby and Woody Allen and all these men are so disgusting. It’s gross. This song I made is a rejection of all that,’ she said.

On a lighter note, Cho kicked butt on her guest appearance on TV’s “Fashion Police” this week, besting fellow commentators Melissa Rivers, Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski and NeNe Leakes and poking fun at Rancic’s newsmaking gaffe about Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks at the Oscars earlier this year.


A survey called “Nobody’s Damsel: A Study on Modern Women on TV and the Audiences Who Watch Them” by entertainment agency Trailer Park revealed that Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” played by Mariska Hargitay, was America’s favorite female character by a landslide.

The survey looked at 36 female leads across 17 of the highest-rated, female-centric series. including “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife,” “Girls” and “Homeland.” Olivia Benson came out on top with male and female viewers as the favorite female character, winning 21 percent of the vote.

The report said the Benson character’s appeal is because she’s easy to relate to, and has traits listed by men and women as most preferred, including intelligence, toughness, independence, compassion and self-confidence.


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Singer Beyonce Knowles is 34. … Actress Ione Skye is 45. … Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 55. … Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 84.

_ Wire report

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