Little People, Big World star Jacob Roloff has been supported by his family after coming forward with claims he was molested by a third party producer.
The TLC star made the revelation in a statement shared on social media on Tuesday.
‘It is often much easier to think about things than it is to talk about them, and so this disclosure has been delayed, but through that delay, I have found the fortitude and words,’ the 23-year-old wrote. ‘As a child, I after what I realize now was a long grooming process, I was molested by [a producer] for Little People, Big World.’
Jacob added that he does ‘not expect to provide details of this encounter at any point publicly,’ claiming that the person sending him a text ‘years later’ in November 2015 led him to think about going public with his story.
He continued: ‘By revealing this, I may be more fully understood and my perspective on issues such as child sexual abuse, child exploitation, and the collateral costs of reality television may be received more clearly.
‘Although, I would have to add that this experience has not solely defined my point of view on any of these issues, nor has it defined my worldview in general.’
‘This may also serve as a reminder that the experience of sexual assault, in all of its iterations, can happen to anyone at anytime and is a far more prevalent reality than our current social stigma allows us to talk about,’ Jacob continued, stating that he did not speak out sooner because ‘a child must process, and I needed silence and time.’
He elaborated: ‘I continue my own contemplation on the voyeurism involved in the entire enterprise of reality television — a massive spectacle of drama and pain and argument and invasion, with a little joy sprinkled over, that viewers watch completely disassociated from the complex humans inside the simplistic “characters” they see on TV.’
The TV star concluded: ‘It must finally be emphasized that all fault lies with the predator, and no fault lies with any of my family members. I am certain that this is a positive moment for me, and another step toward a brighter future.’
Jacob’s wife, Isabel, commented on his post: ‘Proud to know you, proud to love you, proud to be your wife.’
His father Matt wrote, ‘Love you Jacob George Roloff… very proud!’ while his mother Amy added: ‘I love you forever and always Jacob. I am proud of you. Now you don’t have to feel alone and carry this around anymore.’
Sister-in-law, Tori, who’s married to his brother, Zach Roloff commented: ‘Love you, George.’
Jacob also received support from his brother Jeremy’s wife, Audrey, whom he’s publicly clashed with due to political differences.
She wrote: ‘”Asking harder preliminary questions.” Love that line. Hate that you had to live through this Jacob. We love you and are [here] for you.’
TLC responded to his allegations in a statement to US Weekly which read: ‘TLC was just informed about an alleged encounter that occurred years ago involving a third party connected to the production of Little People, Big World.
‘We are saddened and troubled by this very serious allegation, and TLC will work cooperatively with the authorities. Our main focus remains on supporting the Roloff family during this very difficult time.’
Jacob is Matt and Amy Roloff’s youngest child. The pair, who divorced in 2016, also share 30-year-old twins Zach and Jeremy and 27-year-old daughter Molly.
Little People, Big World premiered in 2006 and is currently in its 21st season.
Jacob appeared in over 200 episodes before parting ways with the show when he turned 18.
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