Mo’Nique Reportedly Upset with Brother’s ‘Oprah’ Interview


Radar Online is reporting that Oscar-winner Mo’Nique is not only upset with her brother’s appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” this week, but is frustrated with the talk show host as well, claiming Oprah’s interview was not sympathetic enough to her ordeal.

On Monday’s show, Gerald Imes admitted that he molested his younger sister for “a year or two,” starting when he was 13 and Mo’Nique was 7 or 8. Oprah began the broadcast by stating that she had Mo’Nique’s blessing to interview Gerald, although the star herself turned down an invitation to appear.

Citing a source, Radar Online reported that Mo’Nique “was particularly upset that Gerald lied to Oprah that he molested her while she was sleeping because she was wide awake and scared of him.

“Also, she is angry that he did not get any help or enter a rehab and she does not trust him around children.”

“Oprah asked her to appear on her show again for another interview but at this point she has declined the invitation. If anything it has made the situation worse between Mo’Nique and her family and she doesn’t know if she will ever speak to them again now.”

On “The View” this morning, Barbara Walters said that Gerald contacted her in February after Mo’Nique discussed the molestation on her Oscar special.

Walters said she declined his request to interview him, sensing that Gerald’s desire to repair his relationship with Mo’Nique may have been financially motivated.

A source close to Mo’Nique told “Gerald made the first move and called Oprah asking her if he could appear on the show. So, Oprah called Mo’Nique to see if she was okay about him appearing on her show to discuss the abuse and although she was not entirely happy about it she gave Oprah her blessing.”

Gerald said he decided to appear on Winfrey’s show to apologize to Mo’Nique and bring their family back together. Imes said he himself was molested and he was using drugs and alcohol at age 11.

He said: “I abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister, I’m sorry, Mo’Nique. I’m sorry.”

“Hopefully somewhere, somehow as siblings we can come back together as brother and sister.”