"Fresh Off the Boat" creator Eddie Huang reveals he was sexually assaulted as a teen: "I was completely and utterly paralyzed"
Eddie Huang, the author who inspired ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat and host of Viceland’s Huang’s World, is opening up for the first time about a sexual assault he had kept quiet for over 20 years.
Huang, 35, penned an article for New York magazine’s The Cut about the incident that occurred during a Baptist church ski trip when he was 14-years-old.
The star said a chaperone came into his bunkhouse in the middle of the night and asked to use the shower.
Though Huang thought about fighting the man, their difference in height and size stopped him. He also opted not to call the police or tell anyone, fearing no one would believe him.
“Even if I told somebody, there was nothing they could give back to make me whole again,” he said, adding, “Finally, after more than 15 minutes, he packed his d— and left.”
Huang said that the bravery others showed helped him to realize that he, and others who have been victimized, do not have to be defined by what happened.
“I’m not just a kid some pedophile read Psalms to. And if someone sexually assaulted you, it isn’t who you are either. We have a f—ing choice,” Huang said, concluding: “We can’t always control what people do to us, but we do have the power to define it. When I look back, nothing was actually taken. I was hijacked, but I fought my way back and arrived as the man I’m supposed to be.”