Date: 24th September 2001
Comedian BILLY CONNOLLY has spoken for the first time of the five years of physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his late father. The revelation comes in a biography written by his psychologist wife PAMELA STEPHENSON
The Scottish funnyman suffered physical and sexual abuse from the age of ten, at the hands of his dad WILLIAM who died in the 1980s. And the 59 year-old said his dark secret had been a huge burden, even in his adult life.
He recalls, "I remember it happening a lot, not every night, but every night you were in a state thinking it was going to happen, you'd be awakened by it. I have no lack of love for my father. I love his memory now, as much as I loved him when he was alive." But he adds,
"It was disloyal of him to do that to me. But there were other facets of his character that were great. But still, I kept thinking, if I'm still troubled by this, if I'm still carrying it around like a big rucksack full of bricks and my father's dead, I need someone to tell me how to get rid of this great weight. " (KMW/WNWCCB)