Wendy Williams is getting candid about some of the most traumatic moments in her life.
In a virtual call with reporters on Tuesday, Feb. 12, to promote the upcoming Lifetime movie on her life and career, Williams alleged she was raped by late R&B singer Sherrick.
The biopic titled Wendy Williams: The Movie includes a scene showing Williams being sexually assaulted by an unnamed R&B singer she interviewed when she worked for a radio station in Washington, D.C.
Urban Hollywood 411 was on the virtual call, when Williams was asked why she kept certain details out of the film — specifically the real name of the singer depicted in the rape scene.
“I didn’t do that on purpose. His name is Sherrick, and he was an R&B singer from the ’80s and he had a song out called ‘Call Me,'” Williams answered. “He was tall, like 6’5” and he date raped me.”
Williams went on to discuss her connection with Sherrick, and why she went to his hotel room.
“He mesmerized me with his twinkling eyes. He flipped the interview around to where he was interviewing me — I was just gaga over this man and he asked me to go to an opening party, an album release party, with him that night,” she said. “And before the party, I was date raped by him.”
The Wendy Williams Show host also stated that it was the second time she was raped. The first time occurred while she was in college, and visited a male friend’s dorm room.
Following her comments about Sherrick, his widow Lynne Conner Smith questioned why Williams decided to make the allegation after all these years.
“Why would Wendy not call the police if it were true?” Conner Smith said to Page Six . “Why did she go out with him? We have questions, too.”
In a separate statement to the news outlet, the Conner Smith family questioned the timing of the allegations, especially since Sherrick is not alive “to defend himself.”
“I am saddened that Ms. Williams feels the need to publicly make these allegations when the man she is accusing is no longer on this earth to defend himself. Our family does not know Ms. Williams and are not aware of any relationship or encounter they may have had,” the statement said.
Williams told reporters during the call that the movie depicts “her truth.”
The Lifetime biopic, which premieres later this month, stars Ciera Payton as Williams and Morocco Omari as the daytime diva’s ex-husband, Kevin Hunter.
In addition to the jarring rape scene, the movie also touches on Williams’ addiction issues, her fainting spell on live TV in October 2017, and her troubled marriage to Hunter.
Wendy Williams: The Movie is produced by Front Street for Lifetime and executive produced by Williams, Will Packer and Sheila Ducksworth. Darren Grant directs from a script written by Leigh Davenport and Scarlett Lacey.
Following the premiere of the biopic, the documentary Wendy Williams: What a Mess! will air.
Wendy Williams: The Movie debuts on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 pm ET/PT, followed by the documentary The Wendy Williams Story… What a Mess! airing at 10 pm.
Watch the video of Williams’ comments below.