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Celebrity Apprentice’s La Toya Jackson Details Past Abuse in Memoir

June 26, 2011 08:00 AM by Shayla Perry

In her new book, Starting Over, NBC‘s Celebrity Apprentice alum La Toya Jackson opens up about the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of her late ex-husband and former manager, Jack Gordon, detailing years of traumatizing experiences, including a Playboy spread that Jackson says she was forced to do.

June 25th marked the two year anniversary of the shocking death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Since his untimely demise, La Toya Jackson has been vigilant in her quest for answers as to what really happened to her brother that summer day. But for her, Starting Over isn’t just about finding out who was responsible for Michael Jackson’s death.

“It’s about the abuse I endured in a relationship for nearly ten years, and I wanted people to understand that women don’t have to be in a relationship of abuse the way I suffered,” La Toya Jackson tells FOX News of her memoir. “I was locked in closets, I wasn’t allowed to watch television, I wasn’t allowed to have friends or use the telephone or read magazines or books, and lots of beatings.”

Jackson also claims that in addition to the physical and mental abuse, her ex-husband/manager, Jake Gordon, also forced her to tell the press that her brother was, in fact, a child molester during his trials, and made her pose nude for Playboy; both of which angered many members of her family for years.

“He forced me to do Playboy and then he had me say, ‘Oh this is all my idea, it’s something I wanted to do,’ so he was very clever like that,” says Jackson, adding, “I would never do Playboy again.”

La Toya Jackson’s memoir, Starting Over, is available in bookstores now.

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