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Jaime King: I suffered 'years of abuse as a minor'

Jaime King: I suffered 'years of abuse as a minor'

Jaime King suffered "years of abuse as a minor".

The 'Hart of Dixie' star has thanked Lady Gaga for helping her speak out about what she went through as a young girl after she watched the moving performance of 'Til It Happens To You' at the Academy Awards on Sunday night (28.02.16).

She wrote on Twitter: "Thank you @ladygaga. I finally felt a true healing from years of abuse as a minor in the industry. Time to be brave. (sic)"

The 36-year-old actress - who has James, two, and Leo, seven months, with husband Kyle Newman - also thanked her other half and friends, Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift, for their long-running support.

In a lengthier Instagram post, she added: "Thank you to myself to not choosing to not make this a cover story though that was what was suggested to me but to express from my heart to you all personally which felt the most honest way for me to speak ...

"Thank you to my Soul, body, mind, emotions, my inner child, my younger self, I love you. It's a night of celebration, of change, of not being ashamed of your race, creed color, situation, circumstances and environment, or past. Now I am free, somewhat.

"Thank you for the switch that went off inside finally when I realized my silence said I cannot help nor change and that is not who I am. I love you all very much for creating a safe space. The time is now. I was about 14 here, it started at 12.

Peace Be Still (sic)"