Star of 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” Alex Winter is opening up about being the victim of child sexual abuse.
Winter, now 52, told BBC Radio 5 he was sexually abused in the 1970s by a man who is now dead. He described the experience as “hellish.”
“I didn’t feel that I had any place of safety to unlock an extremely sensitive and potentially dangerous secret,” said Winter. “It really wasn’t in my case, I would say, ’til well into my 30s, that I was really able to do the heavy lifting on this.”
Keanu Reeves’ co-star suffered PTSD as a result of his abuse. He truly believed he would never be able to go public with his story, that is until last year’s lifting of the lid on sexual abuse in Hollywood.
“It’s going to take time, it’s going to take mental health work, it’s going to take the capacity of society to listen to some very unpleasant truths about itself,” he said. “And there’s no doubt that that’s going to take time.”
Winter is still an active actor and has had recent roles in “Grand Piano” and “Smosh: The Movie”.