Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, will talk about being a victim of sexual abuse during a July 17 interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012. Matthew Sandusky initially defended his adoptive father and later told police that he had been sexually abused, too. Matthew Sandusky wasn’t one of the 10 victims Sandusky was convicted of abusing, but was among 26 victims to receive a financial settlement.
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The interview is set to air at 9 p.m. on the “Oprah Prime” show.
According to a description from the Oprah Winfrey Network, Matthew Sandusky “shares a deeply personal account of the grooming, methodical control and manipulation he faced as a child and responds to the accusations his adoptive mother, Dottie Sandusky, made on national television accusing him of lying and stealing from the family.”
In a clip promoting the interview, Matthew Sandusky says: “At bedtime, his ritual began.”
OWN is promoting the interview as Matthew Sandusky’s first television interview since Jerry Sandusky’s conviction.
Matthew Sandusky also was interviewed for a documentary, “Happy Valley,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
In the interview, Matthew Sandusky will discuss why he is choosing to speak out now and will talk about the foundation he established to help victims of child abuse and trauma.
Jerry Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. Now married and a father, Matthew Sandusky has petitioned for a name change
for himself and his family, Fox Sports reported.
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