Oprah Apology Backfires! Mo’Nique Is More Pissed At Her Brother Than Ever

- By Bossip Staff Categories: News, out of pocket, SMH

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SMH… Oprah ya done fu*ked up now! Despite receiving a televised apology from her molester brother, Gerald Imes, BOSSIP has learned that Mo’Nique is less than thrilled with how his “Oprah Show” interview turned out. Pop the hood to find out what’s made her even angrier than before.

On Monday’s “Oprah Show,” Imes admitted to molesting his sister for the first time. He confirmed that the molestation continued for a year or two, starting when he was 13 and Mo’Nique was 7 or 8.

Although Winfrey asked Mo’Nique if it was okay if her brother Gerald Imes appeared on her show, Mo’Nique still wasn’t happy with the interview because she felt her brother lied and wasn’t sympathetic enough towards her.

“Gerald actually made the first move and called Oprah asking her if he could appear on the show,” a source close to Mo’Nique told RadarOnline. “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.”

Imes 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.

“I abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister, I’m sorry, Mo’Nique. I’m sorry,” Imes said on the program. “Hopefully somewhere, somehow as siblings we can come back together as brother and sister.”

However, instead of helping her relationship with her family, the Oprah interview only made the strain between Mo’Nique and both her brother and her parents, who also appeared on the episode, worse than ever.

“Oprah and Mo’Nique were never the best of friends…” the source added. “She 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.”

Mo’Nique is the victim in this case, so she has every right to be angry, but do you think she should be mad at Oprah for opening the can of worms???

And in cases of sexual abuse — how often do victims forgive their abuser? We can see how someone might have a really hard time overcoming something like this that happened in childhood. At the same time, most people are only given one family — how many folks think it would be worthwhile getting some family therapy to try and bridge the pain caused by the abuse?


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  • Aunt Esther

    Oprah didn’t open the can of worms, Monique did when she started pubicly discussing it!

  • ExcelleATL

    i think Mo has every right to be angry at Oprah. She’s going off the air soon so wat does O have to lose from this. Just a new subject for her but this is someones life

  • bucknor

    U damn right she should be mad, being a person of abuse That b!tch(oprah) should have known that was not the place for them air their family dirty Laundry. I hope Monique go in on that hoe!!!

  • Miss svg

    Family! what family where were them when he was abus

  • rainbone

    S e e k i n g A f f l u e n t c O m is a place for like-minded people who understand that intelligence, success and drive are key elements to attraction.

  • Souljagir

    I think it was foul to go on there and still ie. The whole thing was that he was apologizing but instead he came off as trying to vendicate himself and embellish the story to manipulate sympathy and be commended so he can be socially accepted again which was foul. I say the hell with him he’s better off dead! Once a molester always a molester because he went to jail for 12 years for doing it to someone else. Just pittiful and her parents need to be rediculed because they were upholding this man child of theirs or not by insisting it remain a family matter. How could they expect her to go on and protect his interest by keeping it a secret when he clearly violated her. I say whip this N*ggas butt!

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  • Ms.EJ

    The fact that Mo’Nique didn’t take her own life after literally being forced to live underneath the same roof as her abuser, speaks volumes of her strength. The carles-s acts of her parents (including their highly insensitive reaction, response and behavior on the show)in conjunction with emotions of betrayal and even rejection will undoubtably cause severe strain on ANY relationsip, particularly when dealing with family. I honestly feel that she has every right to be angry, but I also pray that she can find in her to forgive them. However, it does not mean that she has to have a relationship with them. It is very possible to love someone from a distance and in some cases one has to permenantly cut ties for sanity and peace. It can be very hard to forgive someone who seems to not show ANY remorse or sincerity, such as her brother, but forgivnes-s is important. In addition, I think counseling is great, but one must be truthful, no holding back and be raw in order to really confront and deal with the is-sues. (IMO).

  • Ms.EJ

    relationship* find it in her heart to forgive which is often times easier said then done*

    Good-morning everyone.

  • Man, I just don't care™

    Shut up Mo’Nique

  • Caramel Cat™

    I might be alone on this one, but Mo’Nique is starting to come off a little flippant to me. I understand that this was a traumatic experience for her, but SHE decided to speak out on this and make it public. Also, let’s be real here, her brother was a child himself when he was a.s.s.aulting her…and like Bill Cosby said, hurt people HURT people, so obviously he had been abused or hurt at some point in his childhood as well. Should he not get the attention for his past hurt along with her? I don’t know how to feel about this one, because although Mo’Nique was a victim she needs to be a little more open to understanding why this happened and what caused her brother to a.s.s.ault her in the first place…this takes healing and open mindedness from BOTH parties…

  • Caramel Cat™

    Hey Ms.EJ!

  • Optimus Prime-Real Estate

    Any chance Oprah can get to show that black men are pieces of s..t, she’ll take it. That is something I cant STAND about her. She has a handful of token black Uncle Tom male celebs on her show – and only the ones that kiss her a.s. (she gets a kick from black men worshiping her).

    She loves the white man and it shows. She praises everyone that comes on her show. And kick starts their careers giving THEM more money and power. Each one of those men could give two s…s about Big O. Stedman is a prop in the show called Oprah’s Private Life. And who knows what Gale is (and who cares for that matter). And people can say “She has to do that, to keep racist white people off her back.” well at this point she can just bow out and NOT DO THAT instead of kissing butt. She could easily help black men, but she chooses otherwise. There are some good, loyal, hard working black men in America. Why not help them shine.

    Maybe Monique is sick of her crap too.

  • Miss U Much MJJ....Lovely1

    Good morning Ms.EJ I always love your commentary!

    As far as this story I don’t know. Radar On-line makes things up ALL THE TIME! OR they make something bigger than what it really is! Not a credible source!

  • Ashley

    Co[ast] signs with DAVIS.

    There are so many inconsistancies to this story. Hell they can’t even get the ages right.

    The truth of the matter is NONE of us know what’s really going on in these people’s lives. One one-hour tv show and the same EXACT story *side eye* posted on every blog isn’t necessarily the truth. The is a complicated personal issue for all involved.


    I don’t believe Monique’s angry at Oprah. The real outrage she feels is directed toward her brother. Yes, he has admitted he molested his sister. No, he has not recieved any professional help for his perversions. The conflict is that he has admitted the abuse but, has done nothing to seek treatment and the family thinks a verbal apology is okay. They (family) need to get over their narcisstic attidude and help their child/ brother get professional help and until that happens leave Monique alone!

  • SparkLe_B1AtCH

    Oprah had no business getting involved in that one. Family matters should be kept private. Pretty much effin’ common sense!

  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    sometimes you need to ask yourself if your sanity is worth dealing with triflin family members just because “you’re blood”. if it wasn’t for that tiny detail, then it would be ok not to give them the time of day??? people use that family excuse as if that’s suppose to make them better than the next person. yeah maybe that’s how it SHOULD be but that’s not always the case. if they are taking more out of you then you’re willing to give then it’s ok to love them from a distance.


    Im sorry, but Monique seems to have gottne somewhat uppity since her awards. She needs to check herself.

  • Ms.EJ

    @MISS U MUCH- Good-morning and thank you🙂 … I am not too familar with Radar online can you give me a little more information regarding them?

    @CARAMEL CAT- Good-morning Ms. Lady…It is my understanding that she was 7 years old when he molested her and that he was 17, so, I personally wouldn’t consider him a child. I understand a person who has experienced hurt and how some hurt other’s, but that doesn’t make it justifiable, but to me more like an excuse. I will never understand how other’s can inflict the same pain that he or she has experienced onto another, but unfortunately some do. He also I believed served 12years for doing the same to another child, however if I’m wrong please lovingly correct me😉

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  • Mock Rock Star

    Morning EJ
    I say Monique doesn’t need her family in her life. Most black families are retarded anyway. She should just build from the family she has now, meaning her husband and her children. She shouldn’t open herself back up to the shadiness of her blood family…they’re never going to get it right in her eyes

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