Jacob Roloff, a star of TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” has accused one of the show’s producers of molestation.
Now 23, the reality star appeared on the show that started in 2006 and only made his last appearance last year. He has now filed allegations against producer Chris Cardamone.
In a long Twitter post, Roloff said that as a child he had undergone a “long grooming process” by Cardamone, who eventually “abused” the young star.
“I do not expect to publicly give details of this meeting at any time,” Roloff said. “I really hope he never gets to be around children again.”
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The reality star recalled receiving a text message from Cardamone in 2015, “years” after the incident, eventually prompting him to reveal his “traumatic memory” to the public so that it “can be exorcised from any further power over my development “.
“Revealing this will help me to be better understood and my perspective on issues such as child sexual abuse, child exploitation and the associated costs of reality television more clearly received,” he continued. “However, I should add that this experience has not only defined my position on any of these issues, nor has it defined my worldview in general.”
Roloff said he also hoped his statement would serve as a reminder that ‘sexual assault, in all its iterations, can happen to anyone at any time [sic]. “
The star said he needed “silence and time” to “come to terms” with what happened to him, which is why his allegations are delayed by several years.
He went on to make fun of reality TV, calling it “a tremendous spectacle of drama and pain and quarrels and invasion” that leads to “sweet” profits.
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Roloff went on, pondering the effects and honesty of a child growing up in the spotlight and on reality television in general and the effects this can have on ‘self-perception’.
Returning to his initial allegations, he later added, “Finally, it should be emphasized that all the blame lies with the predator and not any fault with my relatives.”
Roloff insisted that publicly speaking out his allegations against Cardamone is a “positive moment” in his life, “another step towards a brighter future.”
He signed the long note “in solidarity with silent survivors”.
TLC, where the show aired, said in a statement that it had “just been informed of an alleged meeting that took place years ago with a third party related to the production of ‘Little People, Big World.'”
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“We are saddened and troubled by this very serious allegation, and TLC will cooperate with the authorities,” she added. “Our main focus remains supporting the Roloff family in this very difficult time.”
Cardamone could not be reached by Fox News for comment.
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Jacob appeared on the show alongside his parents Matt and Amy Roloff, as well as his siblings, Jeremy, Zach and Molly.
If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.