Marlee Matlin’s new book, “I’ll Scream Later” shares her story of a quick ascent to fame, her drug addiction and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her boyfriend and Children of a Lesser God co-star, William Hurt.
It’s the abuse part that bothers me the most. Yeah, she talks about her cocaine habit, but really, who wasn’t addicted to cocaine in the eighties? But I’ve been a fan of William Hurt for a lot of years and it totally disheartens me out to learn that he was the original Chris Brown. In an Access Hollywood interview, Matlin alleged, “I always had fresh bruises everyday. And if I had a split lip, or if… I mean, there were a lot of things that happened that were not pleasant.”
In trying to describe Hurt, the actress said that he was, “one of the most complex persons that I’ve ever dealt with. But, at the time, living with him was different than anything I’ve ever experienced.” In other words, madman.