Tim Roth, the 55 year-old-Actor and Oscar nominee, just recently came forward and revealed that he was sexually abused by his grandfather during his childhood. He previously admitted to being wrongfully treated when he was a kid, but until now, had had never revealed the identity of his abuser. Roth also revealed that his father was a victim as well and explained, “He was an abused kid, my dad, and it was a terrible childhood that he had, and he took that s**t seriously."

Acknowledging his abuser

The “Lie to Me” star admitted that he loved his dad dearly, but confessed he was deeply affected by the abuse he suffered.

Tim stated to the Guardian newspaper, "He was a damaged soul. I loved him. He was funnier than f**k. He was abused. And I was abused. But I was not abused by him. I was abused by his abuser." Tim acknowledged that he and his father were both victims of his grandfather and this led him to make the film “The War Zone” which he directed in 1999. The film is based on Alexander Stuart’s novel about a father abusing his daughter and the mother of the family unaware of this dark secret. During that time Tim said the story had great significance to him since he was an abuse survivor. However, he never had mentioned his father, Ernie Smith, who was also sexually abused and experienced the same traumatic events during his youth.

On the opportunity to direct "The War Zone"

Tim Roth recently explained, "Things happen to you in your life, but you don't want to consider yourself to be a victim, you want to be a survivor and the first thing that helps you do that and helps you get through it is speaking and finding your voice. Regarding the making of the movie “The War Zone” Roth also admitted, “If you are a survivor of abuse and you get the opportunity to tell a story about that subject, then you can really get in there and tell the truth.

It was a fantastic chance for me to exorcise a lot of demons."

Tim Roth is currently starring in the three-part BBC drama “10 Rillington Place,” where he plays the infamous serial killer John Christie.

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