The Young and the Restless' Melody Thomas Scott Talks Abuse from "Losers on the Fringe of Hollywood"

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The Young and the Restless' Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) spoke to Variety about her brand-new memoir. She divulged her experience of Hollywood's culture of abuse.

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MTS shared that Cosmo Morgan, founder of the Hollywood Children’s Theater, abused her. Of his type, she said:

All of the nonsense that I went through as a child, that happened not really with legitimate producers, legitimate drama coaches. I found it was always these losers on the fringe of Hollywood. They had their own bulls— that they had created to try and have children around them, but they weren’t the real deal. Never, ever as an adult did I deal with the casting couch. [I had] an agent sending me out on legitimate interviews. I find the more illegitimate they are, the more likely it is to find that type of thing. And these poor mothers — these moms who have never been in the business: they’re probably from out of town and they know nothing about show business but they want to get their kid in — they’re too naive to look for those kind of the things. And then my grandmother went beyond that and thought that anything was fair game if it could possibly get me ahead. 

Did her grandmother ever talk with her about the abuse? MTS responded:

From the first time that things started occurring literally in front of her eyes — I was 4-years-old when it first began — I inherently knew that this was wrong. She was sitting probably five feet away from us and I remember looking at her with eyes that said, 'Do you see what’s happening? Are you going to do something about it?' And of course she didn’t, and I guess I just knew from that first instance that she was never going to talk about it. There was no point in me ever bringing it up. Had she not been so afraid of doctors and had she gotten a diagnosis, I’m quite sure it would have been borderline personality, along with some other things. The whole house was afraid of her. We walked on eggshells because she could just go off and scream for hours and of course we couldn’t really do anything about it. It was a terrifying environment when you have somebody who’s completely irrational.

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