Rosie O’Donnell’s adopted daughter has given an exclusive interview in which she accuses the “drunk” comedienne of locking her in a bedroom, attempting to pull her clothes off to see her tattoo, threatening to strike her with an empty wine bottle and telling her she could “kill her.”
In the interview with DailyMail.com, Chelsea O’Donnell says the 2015 incident triggered two years of challenges with her mother that have resulted in an estrangement between them.
Adopted as an infant by O’Donnell, Chelsea asserted that problems with her mother intensified just before her 18th birthday in August 2015 when she had the word “Breathe” tattooed on her side, angering O’Donnell.
Chelsea claimed that she did not contact police following the incident because O’Donnell “would have tried to say I was crazy and they just wouldn’t believe me.”
The teen also contended that O’Donnell had previously been violent toward her, once striking Chelsea at a boarding school she was attending.
Adding to her assertions, Chelsea said, “Since I was 12, Rosie has been verbally abusive and that was something I didn’t like, making me feel that there was something wrong with me.
“She tries to make people think I’m just crazy and she’s this great mother that’s trying to save her daughter when none of that’s really true. I feel like she’s been very dishonest and done things that have really hurt me and my life. I want to clear things up and get the truth out.”
Chelsea spoke about the August 2015 incident that made national headlines and incited a police rescue operation.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea “has long maintained that, contrary to reports she ran away from home and was in danger, O’Donnell kicked her out of the family home in Nyack, New York, and knew where she was the entire time.”
Chelsea also revealed in the interview that she secretly got married (to Nick Alliegro) last July after finding out that she was pregnant. She suffered a miscarriage, but contends that her mother did not “seem to care.”
O’Donnell responded to the allegations by saying, “Chelsea is mentally ill, has been in and out of hospitals most of her life, born addicted to heroin. She has had a tough road. As for her comments—unfounded, untrue and desperate. She is very sick. She is not capable of truth or reason.”
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