Back in 1991, Roseanne Barr made headlines when she claimed to be the survivor of incest, alleging she had been sexually abused by her father, Jerome Barr.
However, during the disgraced “Roseanne” star’s interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday, the 65-year-old comedian walked back that allegation, now insisting the abuse she suffered was only psychological.
“How old were you when you were sexually abused?’ Hannity asked in the interview, reports the Daily Mail.
“I have a different view of that,” responded Barr as she gave her first TV interview since she was fired from “Roseanne”.
“Now you don’t think you were sexually abused?” Hannity asked.
“Well, I think psychologically,” Barr replied. “Everybody in my whole family is messed up.”
This is a complete departure from the story Barr told in 1991, in which she alleged in an interview with People that her father “molested me until I left home at age 17.”
According to Barr, “He constantly put his hands all over me. He forced me to sit on his lap, to cuddle with him, to play with his penis in the bathtub. He did grotesque and disgusting things: He used to chase me with his excrement and try to put it on my head. He’d lie on the floor playing with himself. It was the most disgusting thing you can ever imagine.” (Barr’s parents have continually denied any sexual abuse took place, and even took a lie detector test; Jerome Barr passed away in 2001.)
Meanwhile, Barr’s interview with Hannity found her insisting that her tweet wasn’t meant to be racist and that the whole controversy resulted from a misunderstanding.
“You could have knocked me over with a feather when they said she was African-American,” Barr said of being contacted by ABC and asked to explain her “egregious” tweet. “I thought she was Middle Eastern.”
Insisting that her tweet was “political” and not “racial,” she added: “I made a mistake. And I lost everything.”