‘Voice’ alum Jordan Pruitt: ‘Greatest joy’ will come when abuser is in ‘orange jumpsuit’
Singer Jordan Pruitt performs at the Make-A-Wish Foundation's "World Wish Day" on April 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Singer Jordan Pruitt is revealing more details about the sexual abuse she revealed in a Facebook post in December.
In the post, Pruitt, a competitor on Season 3 of “The Voice” in 2012, said she was molested as a teen and wrote of the “insurmountable, undeniable, irrefutable amount of pain” she suffered.
“As I filmed my music video, ‘Jump to the Rhythm’ (used for the 2007 Disney Channel TV movie “Jump In!”), those eyes were watching my every move,” she shared in December. “As I watch this video back now, I see this young girl laughing and smiling, but inside I was feeling trapped.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Pruitt, now 28, spoke about how her abuser began grooming her when she was around 13.
“This all started when I was about 13 and the advances really kind of started around 14, but nothing was ever sexual until I was about 15,” she said to the outlet. “I can remember him saying, you know; ‘Let me teach you how to kiss. You don’t want to get out into the world and be a bad kisser.’ I vividly remember that.”
Former ‘Voice’ contestant Jordan Pruitt: ‘I am a victim of child molestation’
Pruitt said as a teen she was naive to the man’s advances.
“I mean, at 14 I was like, ‘Oh yeah, you’re right.’ You know, this is a prominent man and he’s basically taking interest in my talent. I just thought, for me, because I was from a town with one stoplight — I really thought that ‘OK, I guess this is normal,’ ” she said. “I was raised from church and raised to believe that everybody has the best of intentions. So I really didn’t realize it like that until I was a good 20 or 21 that through everything that had happened, I had basically been sexually molested for two years of my life.”
Once the abuse had ceased, Pruitt told Fox News she’d “forgotten that it had happened” for five years. But when she reached the age of 21, she began to understand what she’d been through, and according to the interview, “developed an anxiety disorder coupled with denial and anger.”
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Former "Voice" contestant Jordan Pruitt with host Carson Daly. (Photo: Tyler Golden/NBC)
Pruitt told the outlet her revelatory post was “supposed to be much longer,” but she was wary of revealing too many details “because of the caliber of person who he is today.”
She elaborated: “I basically had meetings with a bunch of different attorneys and they said that he could sue me for everything and take everything that I had, which is a scary thought.”
As for what she’d like to see happen to her abuser? Pruitt said: “I just hope to see him in an orange jumpsuit someday on my television screen. That will give me my greatest joy.”
In her Facebook post, she said she shared her story with a friend who told her parents who then notified the authorities.
Pruitt said that when the police followed up with her, she said she lied, telling them simply her abuser was obsessed with her.
“They didn’t file anything and my parents even knowing that this man was fantasizing about me, were obviously enraged,” she wrote. “This was another reason why I didn’t say (anything) until now. I was scared. I am still scared sometimes at 27.”
Pruitt paints the months that followed as “the most painful” she’s ever gone through.
“This person had brainwashed me against my parents and even made me believe that I needed to get emancipated from them at some point because they were too controlling,” she wrote, adding he convinced her that her parents were after her money.
“He made it almost impossible for me to cut ties with him,” she said, which had detrimental effects to her mental health. “At this point, I wasn’t even eating and could barely get out of bed. I remember very vividly staying in my room for two weeks straight and contemplating suicide every single day.”
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