July 17, 2014 1:55 PM

Vanessa Williams dredges up painful past

Vanessa Williams wrote about being molested as a child in her 2012 memoir, You Have No Idea, but decided to share more details on Oprah’s Master Class, which aired Sunday on OWN. “I think it made me more sexually promiscuous and more sexually curious at a younger age than I should have been,” said the twice-divorced mother of four about the incident, in which an 18-year-old female family friend initiated oral sex with the then 10-year-old. Williams, who lost her 1983 Miss America crown after photos of her in lesbian poses were sold to Penthouse, said the shame of the incident always haunted her.

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Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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