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Mena Suvari says she was sexually abused, faced drug addiction in new book: ‘I was living a double life’

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Mena Suvari achieved stardom when she appeared in 1999’s Oscar-winning film "American Beauty" – but the actress was "living a double life." "Between the ages of 12 and 20, I was the victim of repeated sexual abuse," the 42-year-old revealed in her new memoir, "The Great Peace," excerpted in this week’s issue of People magazine.

Suvari said acting helped her mask the pain she was enduring from her past. "I was living a double life," the star shared. "Every time I would go on a set.

Every time I was interviewed, I was acting the whole time. It was another role for me to play.That I was OK." According to the outlet, the abuse started in the sixth grade when Suvari and her family moved to Charleston, SC.

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