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Ellen DeGeneres is known as one of the funniest women alive but her past is not so funny, as she is opening up now about how she was sexually assaulted by her stepfather when she was a teenager in hopes to empower others.

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In a new episode of David Letterman’s Netflix show “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” actress/comedian/TV host Ellen DeGeneres describes how her mother Betty married “a very bad man” when she was a teenager. A man who used her mothers bout with breast cancer as a means of touching Ellen inappropriately. A man that broke down her door to get at her while leaving her feeling angry and weak about herself because she didn’t stand up to him. And because of her mother’s illness she didn’t want to tell her in fears of ruining her happiness.

New episodes of David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” on Netflix which include Kanye West and Tiffany Haddish as well, will be available Friday May 31st.

Take a look at the trailer for David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” featuring Ellen DeGeneres below.

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