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Bobby Brown reveals he was molested by a priest as a kid – 'he touched my privates and I had to punch & kick him away'

R&B singer Bobby Brown has revealed how he was molested by a priest who "touched his privates"as a child.

Brown reveals how his mother was arrested in front of him and beaten by cops as she tried to break up a fight on their street.

As his dad was out at work, cops left him in the care of a priest, who sexually abused him.

The New Edition singer says his challenging upbringing led him to abuse drugs and alcohol and have a problem with authority, detailed in an exclusive preview of an upcoming A&E Biography show to be aired later this month.

He said: "When my mother was arrested I was sent to temporary custody by social services which was supposed to be a religious place. It was not a nice place to be as a child.

"One of the priests tried to molest me."

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Looking upset and uncomfortable, Brown stops himself at first saying, "Wow I didn't think we was [sic] going to talk about that."

However, he continued: "He [the priest] tried to touch my private parts. There was no penetration or anything.

"He touched my privates and I didn't like that. I punched and kicked and punched some more until he got away from me; so I ran away from there as quickly as possible

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"At that time I was a young boy I didn't know what sexual boundaries were.

"I just knew I didn't like being touched. Some things are hard to forget."

Brown's elder brother Tommy added: "When I found out I wanted to go murder, but my mother stood me down, but I would have."


His childhood was rocked again soon after, when Jimmy Flint, who he describes as "my best friend in the world" was murdered in front of him.

Then aged 12 years old, the pals went to a block party where Jimmy got into an argument with a teen who sat on his bicycle.

"This kid was sitting on one of our bikes. Jimmy comes outside," he said.

"He sees the guy on the bike and starts fighting, somebody threw the guy a butcher's knife and he ended up stabbing Jimmy in the heart.

"He passed away looking at me. I will never forget his face when he took his last breath."


Brown explains how seeing his mother beaten by a police officer and witnessing the stabbing made him into a rebel who always felt he was in the right.

Brown said: "Those incidents affected my life going forward, especially in a rebellious way.

"I had this thing with authority – I rebelled. I always felt my way is the right way, even if I am wrong."

But the shocking murder led him to focus on leaving his impoverished life.

"Once I lost Jimmy I didn't want to be a part of the projects anymore or live there," Bobby said.

"I wanted out so bad. And music was the only way. I started doing talent shows religiously."


By the late 70s, Brown united with local friends Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, and Ralph Tresvant to form New Edition.

Brown blames his "bad boy reputation" on being arrested during a concert in Columbus, GA in January 1989.

Brown was arrested for “simulating sexual acts” and was taken into custody during the concert. He reportedly paid a $652 fine at the county jail and made it back to the arena in time to pick up right where he left off.

As the band's success exploded, he was soon romancing A-listers, including Madonna and Janet Jackson – and admits he was a "sex addict".

"Being grown up and knowing that it isn’t all about the physical, I can say that now, I believe I was a sex addict," he said.

Did I sleep with Madonna? We didn’t do any sleeping."

"Did I sleep with Madonna? We didn’t do any sleeping. That just happened. I don’t even know how it happened. I don’t believe she knows how it happened. She probably knows how it happened, but we didn’t do no sleeping.

"And then there was Janet Jackson. I had a big crush on Janet. What was it about Janet? Everything. Her little smile, body, her dance moves, her little laugh.

"We loved each other’s company. We didn’t have that long of a relationship.

"But the reason me and Janet broke off was because she couldn’t be with a man like myself. I’m from the projects. I’m hood. And her father wouldn’t allow her to be with someone like me.


"Janet was the crush of my life. "

He claims his bad-boy image is what made him attractive to Whitney Houston just weeks after he split from Janet.

However, their relationship soon turned volatile with claims of drug abuse and violence.

In 2003 claims surfaced that Brown allegedly hit Houston and he was reportedly charged with misdemeanor battery related to alleged domestic violence.

Although he has repeatedly claimed he was not violent towards her, Brown explores the highs and lows of their strained marriage in the documentary, detailing the extent of his drug addiction at the time.


"I had a 57 magnum on me, cocaine in this pocket, crack in this, weed in this and I thought Whitney was trying to kill me," he said.

"When you have money and you’re famous, drugs are part of the business. Alcohol is part of the business. It’s the party. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. That’s what it was."

Despite it all, Brown still describes Whitney as "the love of my life"

He said: "It was just, like, love at first sight. There was something about her eyes that made me melt inside."


The full series will see Brown visit Whitney and daughter Bobbi Kristina's grave for the first time.

He adds that the deaths of his children Bobbi Kristina and Bobby Junior still haunt him – and he believes they visit him in dreams.

"My dreams have always been vivid," he said.

"Lately I have been dreaming about my late son and late daughter.

"They have been coming to me in my dreams. It is like they have been standing right in front of me. And then I wake up and it is time to get back to reality."

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A&E air Biography: Bobby Brown as a two-night event on Monday, May 30, and Tuesday, May 31 at 8pm ET/PT.

Bobby Brown: Every Little Step premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 10pm ET/PT with new episodes airing Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT starting June 7.

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