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Broadway Star Alice Ripley Apologizes Amid Grooming Allegations, But Says Fans 'Misinterpreted' Her Actions

Broadway Star Alice Ripley Apologizes Amid Grooming Allegations, But Says Fans 'Misinterpreted' Her Actions

Alice Ripley is speaking out again amid the allegations that she groomed young fans during her time on Broadway in the Tony-winning musical Next to Normal.

Earlier this week, a TikTok user alleged that the now 57-year-old actress began grooming her when she was only 12 years old, and the grooming continued for years. Alice spoke out in a brief statement after that initial allegation.

More fans have spoken out in the days since the first accusation and four people discussed their alleged experiences with Alice in a Daily Beast article.

Now, Alice is speaking out again and apologizing to fans, but she still denies she groomed any fans.

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“It is a misinterpretation of my actions to say I manipulated anyone, and more shockingly, that there was abuse,” Alice told Page Six. “Yet here we are on this slippery slope, because terms like ‘grooming’ are being thrown around … To be accused of this most vile thing, of which I am innocent, is crushing.”

Alice said that Next to Normal performances “were truly safe spaces for people who had been touched by mental illness” and that many young female fans “imprinted their own mothers onto my character, [or] saw themselves in the daughter.”

In her statement to the outlet, Alice said that she interacted with fans at the stage door for a “quick hello” and would sometimes see “people in my dressing room for a couple minutes before or after the show.” She also said that she would “have a quick meal” with a fan “on rare occasions.”

Alice concluded, “It’s now clear that a few of these fans had their feelings badly hurt because they received attention and then they felt ‘ghosted,’ and I truly apologize for that. I never meant to give anything but positive reinforcement and I’m sorry anyone felt slighted.”

Alice said that grooming “refers to sexual abuse of a minor, which is the most despicable act imaginable. It implies that I wanted something or asked for something, and that is not true.”

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