Tyler Perry opens up about abuse, molestation on 'Oprah'

tyler-perry-oprah-winfrey.jpg Warning -- what Tyler Perry spoke about on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Wednesday (Oct. 20) is graphic and disturbing.

Tyler Perry is a successful filmmaker, but his life growing up was grim. "A living hell," Tyler tells Oprah. "I feel like I died as a child."

To endure the violent beatings, shouting and name-calling from his father, Tyler says he used his imagination to escape.

"I could go to this park [in my mind] that my mother and my aunt had taken me to. ... I'm there in this park running and playing, and it was such a good day," he says. "So, every time somebody was doing something to me that was horrible, that was awful, I could go to this park in my mind until it was over."