Cheryl Burke says she was sexually assaulted by an old retired postman


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Cheryl Burke says she was “sexually abused” by an elderly retired postman.

The 38-year-old star — whose parents separated when she was two because her father Stephen Louis Burke was unfaithful — explained that when she was a child, her stepfather, Robert Wolff, had hired an elderly babysitter.

The dancer claimed that although there was no “intercourse” she was “prepared” by him and that he became her “definition of love” in her youth.

Heartbreaking story: Cheryl Burke was sexually abused by an elderly retired postman. The 38-year-old star — whose parents separated when she was two because her father was unfaithful — explained that when she was a child, her stepfather hired an elderly babysitter

She was just a little girl: and the dancer claimed that while there was no 'intercourse', she was made by him and that it became her 'definition of love' in her youth

She was just a little girl: and the dancer claimed that while there was no ‘intercourse’, she was made by him and that it became her ‘definition of love’ in her youth

She said: It was not intercourse. Other things happened, sexual acts, but I didn’t feel physically hurt. There were moments… [where] I didn’t feel bad. It was really intimate.

He took care of me, and he was my definition of love. That’s the equivalent of love, isn’t it? When I saw my father’s betrayal, being abused by this retired postman, I didn’t really know what a “healthy” relationship was or what it was.

Her father is Stephen Lewis Burke and her mother is Sherry Burke. She later married Wolf.

The former Dancing with the Stars pro – who was previously married to Boy Meets World actor Matthew Lawrence from 2019 until 2022 – went on to explain that since there was no ‘stable father figure’ in her life, she was brainwashed at a pivotal moment.

Early Days: Cheryl, left, with her mother Sherry and stepfather Robert Wolf

Early Days: Cheryl, left, with her mother Sherry and stepfather Robert Wolf

Such a difficult childhood: Speaking on Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch, host Jada Pinkett-Smith told: ``There has never been a stable father figure in my life.  It's like brainwashing in those moments of your childhood when it really mattered

Such a difficult childhood: Speaking on Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch, host Jada Pinkett-Smith told: “There has never been a stable father figure in my life. It’s like brainwashing in those moments of your childhood when it really mattered.”

She claimed that dancing “saved her life”.

talking on Red Table Talk on Facebook WatchHost Jada Pinkett told Smith: “There has never been a stable father figure in my life. It’s like brainwashing in those moments of your childhood when it really mattered.

This happened for many years and no one said anything, except for my older sister’s friend who did the right thing, so I ran to her parents and told them, then they called my family. I already testified against him at nine, I think.

- Painful memory: She said: It was not intercourse.  Other things happened, sexual acts, but I didn't feel physically hurt.  There were moments... [where] I didn't feel bad.  It was really intimate.  seen in high school

– Painful memory: She said: It was not intercourse. Other things happened, sexual acts, but I didn’t feel physically hurt. There were moments… [where] I didn’t feel bad. It was really intimate. seen in high school

Terrible time: 'This happened for many years and no one said anything, except for my older sister's friend who did the right thing, so I ran to her parents and told them, then they called my family.  I already testified against him at nine, I think

Terrible time: ‘This happened for many years and no one said anything, except for my older sister’s friend who did the right thing, so I ran to her parents and told them, then they called my family. I already testified against him at nine, I think

“Thank God for dancing. You saved my life.

However, Cheryl added that the dance world was not exactly a “safe place” and that she was beginning to realize that she had also been the victim of “sexual and mental abuse” throughout her career in the male-dominated world of dance.

She added, “Even so, it wasn’t exactly a safe place.

In this industry of the competitive halls world, it is very much a man’s world. The man leads, and the woman follows, from the dance floor and onto the dance floor. With that comes abusive partners and abusive coaches.

Were there acts of sexual abuse and mental abuse? one hundred percent. Am I just coming to realize it? Yes, sure, and I keep doing the work.

Still close to her mom: Cheryl with her mom, Sherry Burke

Still close to her mom: Cheryl with her mom, Sherry Burke

This comes next Burke claimed that an abusive ex would flog her with a belt while his parents watched.

The beauty claimed that her former high school partner, who she was with for four years, left her with bruises all over her legs after repeatedly hitting her with a belt, even in front of his parents.

Jada Pinkett told Smith: “Not for the sake of getting too graphic, but in high school, I’ll never forget the person I’ve been with, over and over for four years, hit me with a belt.

And I had bruises all over my legs. I remember his parents were watching him, and they did nothing.

“And it wasn’t like he was hitting me, he was hitting me.”

Good Match: Burke was spotted on Dancing with the Stars with Sam Champion

Good Match: Burke was spotted on Dancing with the Stars with Sam Champion

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