A former Disney star has publicly alleged that an unnamed older man who was involved in her career took advantage of her for nearly two years as a teenager.
Jordan Pruitt told her story in a Dec. 10 Facebook post titled “Secrets Make You Sick.” The 27-year-old singer said she was only 14 when the man started taking control of her life, and the sexual abuse soon followed.
Pruitt earned a name for herself at a young age by singing in Disney Channel original films. She was also a contestant on “The Voice.”
“It looked as if all my dreams were coming true,” she wrote. “And for the most part, they were. But, in the darkest crevice of my heart, would lie an insurmountable, undeniable, irrefutable amount of pain.”
Pruitt grew up just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, where she happily sang in church every Sunday. Her father, the praise and worship minister, always knew she would be a singer.
After signing a record deal, Pruitt was filming the music video for her song “Outside Looking In” on her 15th birthday, when she first realized a certain man was “grooming” her. But at such a young age, she wasn’t sure exactly what that would mean.
“I remember him having full control over what I was wearing and even what makeup they put on me,” she wrote.
One day, her record label hinted that she needed to lose weight, so the man hired a personal trainer for her and even started withholding food from her. She lost more than 20 pounds.
“I do remember having a childish crush,” she wrote. “This person was helping make ALL of my dreams come true, and thought I was so talented at every single thing I did.”
Little by little, the man convinced her to distance herself from her parents, as he became more and more inappropriate with her. She realized later that it seemed like he had done this kind of thing before.
“At fifteen this person had brainwashed me into thinking that the things that were happening were ‘natural’ and ‘okay,'” she said.