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Model who married much-older Hollywood actor as a child speaks out after their divorce: ‘Please don’t ever do this to another minor’



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Entertainer Courtney Stodden, 25, says that her ex-husband Doug Hutchison — a 59-year-old actor who married Stodden when she was just 16 — took advantage of her during their marriage.

What are the details?

In a Tuesday Instagram post, Stodden announced that she and Hutchison are officially divorced following a nearly three-year separation.

In the post, Stodden wrote, "It's March 3rd, 2020 — today I am officially divorced from actor Doug Hutchison. It's an emotional day for me. God only knows how he's feeling, but I can tell you that it's for the better. I look back at this picture and feel absolutely taken advantage of."

"I've been scared to even speak up about feeling groomed or being verbally abused during the almost 10 year marriage because I was a child and he was 50 when we married but I'm a woman now and it's time for me to put my big girl pants on and speak on this matter," she continued. "I've felt completely trapped, manipulated and at times abandoned by adults ... growing up in such an environment — it became a lonely and dark place."

Stodden revealed that she has a forthcoming book in which she will apparently address more of the trials behind marriage.

"[T]o Doug ... I'll always love you; yet I'll always be angry," she admitted. "You've left me — a child woman, feeling belittled and confused. These things I shall overcome. I wish you well. But please don't ever do this to another minor again. It's not right ... even if the parent signs off. Wait a respectable amount of time before marrying. Children aren't on your level. I'll always love you regardless. Be better. As shall I."

Stodden and Hutchison married in 2011 when Stodden was just 16 and he was 51. The two legally separated in 2017.

What else?

According to Fox News, Hutchison's memoir — "Flushing Hollywood: Fake News, Fake Boobs" — is set for a March 10 release.

Hutchison previously told the outlet that he "shot [his] career in the head for love."

"And in doing so, I lost my family and friends," he added. "I was suddenly on the Titanic and everyone was fleeing except for me and Courtney. Now, I have nothing to lose but to tell the truth."

Hutchison said he hopes that the book "isn't interpreted as mean-spirited, angry, or bitter."

"For a long time, I acted out of fear and lies for that same reason — I was afraid to burn bridges. Now, what am I afraid of? There is absolutely nothing to lose by telling the truth," he said.

TheBlaze spoke to Stodden on Wednesday, who branded Hutchison a "sociopath."

"He never ran fact-checks by anyone," the model and artist said of Hutchison's forthcoming book. "He's a sociopath. My book will be out soon."

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