Jacob Roloff, the star of the TV show “Little People, Big World”, is stepping forward with a “disturbing memory” of sexual abuse by a producer on the reality series.
In a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday, Jacob claimed that he was abused by Chris Cardamone, the former producer while featuring on “Little People, Big World” with his family.
“Many times it is easier to think about a problem than to talk about it, and so this confession has been delayed, but through the days, I have found the words and fortitude,” Roloff wrote. “As a child, after what I understand now was a long process, an executive producer abused me for ‘Little People, Big World.’”
Though Roloff said he does not intend to “give details of this incident,” the child star said he hopes the producer is “never allowed around child cast again.”
We were unable to find a representative for Cardamone.
In an interview with USA Today, TLC stated, they just learned of the “alleged incident that happened years ago involving a third person linked to the production of ‘Little People, Big World.”
“We are troubled and saddened by this severe allegation, and we will work collectively with the authorities,” the statement reads. “Our prime focus remains on comforting the Roloff family during this tough time.”
He starred with his parents and siblings- Jeremy, 30, twins Zach, 30, and Molly, 27 – on the show. Roloff was only nine years old when the show premiered in 2006. The television series is now in its 21st season.
Jacob said his experience shows that “sexual abuse, in all its monotony, can happen to anyone and is a far more frequent reality than our current society allows us to talk about.”
He added that he did not raise his voice sooner because “a child must proceed” with “time and silence.”