(Photo: Official Website of Brie Lybrand)
Brie Lybrand, a self-described "beauty guru" from New Orleans, released a shocking video titled "A Message To My Rapist" after her father subscribed to her popular YouTube channel.
Completely different than her past videos, which have had names like, "Sephora October Shopping Haul!" or "New Job Clothing Haul!" the clip has roughly 90,000 views since being released about a week ago.
Completely make-up free and with a shaky voice, Lybrand says this is a "different" kind of video than what she normally makes.
Trying to control her voice, Lybrand explains:
"I just got an email from You Tube saying the man that raped me for most of my life subscribed to me. The man that took my virginity, robbed me of innocence, has subscribed to me on You Tube and is watching my videos."
Starting to cry, she continues:
"I never got to testify in court against this man, and I never got to say what it's like, what it feels like, being tied up and chained and tortured for hours when you're four years old by your father. My father Steven Bressler molested, tortured, and raped me from the time I was four until I was thirteen years old.
"He tried to kill my mother in front of me many times. One night she laid over my body so he couldn't and he beat her teeth in, took them all out of her mouth, and I watched my mother in a pool of her own blood. And then he came after me."
Saying that she got her father out of her life when she was thirteen, Lybrand rhetorically asks if he wants to know what her life has been like since, why he is subscribing to her videos?
She says most people who had such a horrifying past don't turn out like she did, that she was cheerleading captain in high school and had a "good boyfriend." Ironically, she says, her father was the one who got her into acting so that she could escape the reality of what he did to her.
Lybrand then proceeds to say she has three guns-- one that she keeps by her bed, one that she keeps in her purse, and a pink revolver for good measure-- in case her father ever comes after her again.
She then opens the revolver and shows that it's loaded, concluding, "because you're never going to touch me again." Lybrand also says her father re-married, saying the woman's name, before wondering what kind of person the new wife is.
Lybrand adds defiantly that she has grown up to be a "great woman" who teaches kids, wanting to give them a better world than she ever had at that age.
Gawker notes that some have questioned the veracity of the video, noting that Lybrand has a background in acting and that it's strange that she went to YouTube instead of the police. Moreover, in one of her previous videos, Lybrand mentions visiting her family.
However, it's possible that at age 13 Lybrand didn't have the wherewithal to go to the police, and just wanted to move on. Regarding her family, Lybrand mentions in "A Message to My Rapist" that she still has a good relationship with her mother, brother, and grandparents , and it's possible she could have been visiting them.
Here is the entire, 12-minute video:
(H/T: Daily Mail)