Daughter of Paul Pelosi attacker says her father was ‘consumed by darkness,’ sexually abused her, ran ‘dope ring’
Rebecca Schoenberger, the daughter of the attacker who fatally stabbed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords while carrying out a political protest outside of a Tucson supermarket, said her father was sexually abused by a man who ran a “dope ring” out of their home.
In a two-minute audio clip released by her attorney, Jessica Yellin, the woman says her father was in the bedroom at her mother’s house when he was sexually abused by the man.
“When something like that happens in your family, you kind of see other things when the truth is, your family doesn’t want to see the truth. You want to make it better, to make the tragedy better,” she says in the audio.
Rebecca said her father, who was a Republican, would drink alone and was also in and out of the bedroom with the man at the time he was sexually abused.
“He was a man who was consumed by darkness that came out as a drug dealer … and for me to understand him, I just know that I have to know this, that I have to know this,” she said in the audio, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In 2010, Schoenberger gave a television interview with an Atlanta television station that aired Feb. 20. “But I want to be transparent… it’s very, very important that my identity be known,” she told the station.
While the tape is the first time that Schoenberger has spoken publicly about the incident, in a court filing in September, her lawyer said that she is willing to go public if the family’s privacy is protected.
During the recording Schoenberger said she did not want to go public because it would be “unfair” to the family, who has been through a traumatic experience.
“I’m a young woman who is learning the process,” she said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “What I don’t want to do is put them through the painful process. If I could just find them