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She is known for her feisty characters on Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty.

But fans of Vanessa Williams will be shocked to learn that for years she has held onto a secret – she was molested when she was a child. 
The actress, 49, has written about the disturbing incident for the first time in her memoir You Have No Idea.
When she was just 10-years old an 18-year-old woman abused her and she says what happened to her didn’t resonate with her until much later. 

She explained to People magazine: ‘Family friends who had a daughter invited me to visit their friends in California with them. The family we stayed in had two kids.’
Describing her attacker she said: ‘Susan, who was 18, smoked, drove a car and was the epitome of cool. [My friend] Nancy and I slept in the den. One night Susan crept in.’
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