Cheryl Burke says she was 'sexually abused' by 'old retired postman'

Cheryl Burke says she was ‘sexually abused’ by ‘old retired postman’

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

The 38-year-old star – whose parents divorced when she was two because her father Stephen Louis Burke was unfaithful – explained that when she was a child her stepfather Robert Wolf hired an elderly babysitter.

And the dancer alleged that although there was ‘no sex’ she had been ‘groomed’ by him and that he had become her ‘definition of love’ in her youth.

Heartbreaking story: Cheryl Burke was ‘sexually abused’ by an ‘old retired postman’. The 38-year-old star – whose parents divorced 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 even though there was

She was just a little girl: and the dancer claimed that although there was ‘no sex’ she had been ‘groomed’ by him and he had become her ‘definition of sex’ ‘love’ in his youth

She said, “It wasn’t sex. Other things happened, sexual acts, but I never felt physically hurt. There were moments… [where] it didn’t hurt. It was actually intimate.

“He was grooming me and he was my definition of love. That’s what love equaled, wasn’t it? Seeing my dad’s infidelity, being abused by that old retired postman, and I didn’t really know what a “healthy” relationship was or was.

Her father is Stephen Louis Burke and her mother is Sherri Burke. She then married Wolf.

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

Early days: Cheryl, left, with her mother Sherri and stepfather Robert Wolf

Early days: Cheryl, left, with her mother Sherri and stepfather Robert Wolf

Such a difficult childhood: Speaking on Facebook Watch's Red Table Talk, she told host Jada Pinkett-Smith: 'There was no stable father figure in my life.  It's like brainwashing those times in your childhood when it really matters'

Such a difficult childhood: Speaking on Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk, she told host Jada Pinkett-Smith: ‘There was no stable father figure in my life. It’s like brainwashing those times in your childhood when it really matters’

And she claimed the dance “saved her life”.

Speaking on Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk, she told host Jada Pinkett-Smith: ‘There was no stable father figure in my life. It’s like brainwashing those times in your childhood when it really matters.

“This happened for many years and no one said anything except my older sister’s friend who did the right thing, ran to her parents and told them, then they contacted my family. In fact, I testified against him at nine o’clock, I believe.

Painful Memory: She said, “It wasn't sex.  Other things happened, sexual acts, but I never felt physically hurt.  There were moments... [where] it didn't hurt.  It was actually intimate.  Seen in high school

Painful Memory: She said, “It wasn’t sex. Other things happened, sexual acts, but I never felt physically hurt. There were moments… [where] it didn’t hurt. It was actually intimate. Seen in high school

Horrible moment: 'This happened for many years and no one said anything except my older sister's friend who did the right thing, ran to her parents and told them, then they contacted my family.  I actually testified against him at nine o'clock I believe,' she said

Horrible moment: ‘This happened for many years and no one said anything except my older sister’s friend who did the right thing, ran to her parents and told them, then they contacted my family. I actually testified against him at nine o’clock I believe,’ she said

‘Thank God for dancing. It saved my life.

However, Cheryl added that the dance world is not entirely a “safe space” and that she realizes that she has also been the victim of “sexual and mental abuse” throughout her career in the male-dominated world of the ballroom.

She added: “Even that, however, was not a completely safe space.

“In this industry of the competitive ballroom world, it’s a man’s world. Male leads, female follows, off the dance floor and onto the dance floor. With that come abusive partners and abusive coaches.

“Were there acts of sexual abuse and mental abuse? One hundred percent. Did I just realize this? Yes, of course, because I continue to do the work.

She is still close to her mother: Cheryl with her mom Sherri Burke

She is still close to her mother: Cheryl with her mom Sherri Burke

It comes after Burke claimed an abusive ex would whip her with a belt while her parents watched.

The beauty alleged 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 her parents.

She told Jada Pinkett Smith, “Not to be too graphic, but in high school, I’ll never forget the person I was with, on and off for four years, whipped me with a belt.”

“And I had bruises all over my legs. I remember his parents staring at him, did nothing.

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

Good match: Burke seen in Dancing With The Stars with Sam Champion

Good match: Burke seen in Dancing With The Stars with Sam Champion

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