Jacob Roloff: Star of TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” has revealed a “traumatic memory” of sexual molestation by a producer on the show.
Roloff claims he was abused by former producer Chris Cardamone while starring on “Little People, Big World” with his family in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday.
Jacob Roloff is a Star of TLC
“It’s frequently far simpler to think about things than it is to talk about them,” Roloff, 23, wrote. “As a result, this disclosure has been delayed, but through that delay, I have found the fortitude and words.”
“As a child, I was assaulted by an executive field producer for ‘Little People, Big World,’ after what I now believe was a lengthy grooming procedure.”
Despite the fact that Roloff has stated that he would not “share details of this interaction,” the child star has expressed his hope that Cardamone is “never permitted around children again. Cardamone’s agent has not been found by USA TODAY.
TLC said it recently learned of the “alleged interaction that occurred years ago with a third party associated to the production of ‘Little People, Big World'” in a statement to USA TODAY.
The statement states, “We are horrified and troubled by this very serious claim, and TLC will work cooperatively with the authorities.” “Our primary focus is on assisting the Roloff family at this extremely trying time.”
Amy and Matt Roloff both have dwarfism, and Roloff is their youngest child.
On “Little People, Big World,” he appeared with his parents and siblings – twins Zach, 30, Jeremy, 30, and Molly, 27. When the show first aired in 2006, Roloff was only nine years old. The 21st season of “Little People, Big World” has begun.
“Sexual assault, in all of its forms, may happen to anybody at any time,” Roloff said, adding that “it is a far more prevalent reality than our current social shame allows us to talk about.”
He went on to say that he didn’t speak up sooner because “a child needs process” in solitude and time.
Roloff equated reality television to “voyeurism” in his essay, and questioned the consequences of growing up in front of millions of people on a weekly basis.
“I continue my own contemplation on the voyeurism involved in the entire enterprise of reality television — a massive spectacle of drama, pain, argument, and invasion, sprinkled with a little joy, that viewers watch completely dissociated from the complex humans inside the simplistic ‘characters’ they see on TV,” Roloff said.
He went on to say: “Profits were certainly sweet. The reality was a little more convoluted.”
Roloff closed his statement by underlining that “the predator bears full responsibility” and that “none of my family members have any responsibility.”
Following his admission, his family members expressed their support.
“Jacob, I will always and forever love you. I am very proud of you. You don’t have to carry this around anymore because you’re no longer alone “Amy, the matriarch, remarked on his post.
“Proud to know you, proud to love you, proud to be your wife,” his wife, Isabel Sofia Rock, said.
Roloff married Isabel in September 2019 at Roloff Farms in Portland, Oregon, where he grew up.