The Most Surprising Revelation From Demi Moore's Memoir

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TW: The following article references the sexual assault of a minor.

Almost a rite of passage for every celebrity is publishing a memoir, to tell all of their fans the real story behind them. In 2019, plenty of celebrities were telling their stories. From Elton John to Blondie, there's always something dramatic to be revealed to the public. One of the most transparent memoirs to come out of 2019 was Demi Moore's "Inside Out."


Born Demetria Guynes (per Biography), she rose to fame in her teens in the 1980s with her breakout role as Jackie Templeton on soap opera "General Hospital." From classic romance films like "Ghost" to action-packed movies like "G.I. Jane," Demi Moore has acted in it all (via Film Reference). And she's done it all — like stripping on the "Late Show with David Letterman," having a doll collection insured for $2 million, and bringing the pixie cut back in to mainstream fashion (via FactsFive). However, not everything has been fun and games, as her memoir shows.

Demi Moore suffered a traumatic assault at 15

In "Inside Out," Demi Moore goes in-depth into a highly traumatic incident. Moore claims that her mother, Virginia King, took her to bars and other sketchy places to get men to notice her daughter. This continuously happened until one night, a 15-year-old Moore came home to find an older man, who'd let himself in with a key. He allegedly raped Moore, and afterward asked her, "How does it feel to be whored out for $500?" Moore claims her mother gave this man access to rape her teenage daughter (via TooFab).


Moore's mother was an alcoholic who attempted suicide a few times, and she died in 1998 from cancer (via People). In Moore's memoir, she wrote about the time she saved her mother from a suicide attempt. "I remember using my fingers, the small fingers of a child, to dig the pills my mother had tried to swallow, out of her mouth" (via Heavy).

In an interview with Diane Sawyer (via ABC News), Moore answered one of the biggest questions people had about the revelation. Did her mother sell her? Moore answered, "I think ... in my deep heart, no. I don't think it was a straightforward transaction but she still did give him the access and put me in harm's way." Apparently, the two reconciled before her mother's death (via Heavy).


If you, or anyone you know, have been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ at​ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.