Speaking about his daughter who was raped as a teenager, Joe Barrino says, 'I'm not putting the blame on her but when you're dressing like that, you're saying, 'Hey, there's a party over here'.'
Singer Fantasia Barrino's father has stunned the star's fans by going public with his thoughts about his daughter's teen rape ordeal. The "Baby Mama" singer was assaulted in her school auditorium by a fellow student she has never named and admits the experience initially left her numb.
In a candid new interview filmed for VH1 documentary series "Behind the Music", Barrino recalled, "I didn't even cry on my way home; I was numb... (I was) confused. I just felt nasty, disgusting." Her mother, Diane, offered her distressed daughter a shoulder to cry on - but her father split the family with his reaction.
Diane recalls, "She (Fantasia) broke down, started crying and told me what happened. I held her and cried with her and prayed with her but of course I was devastated." But her dad, Joe, wasn't as sympathetic.
Barrino explains, "He said, 'If you wouldn't have been running around with those little dresses on it would have never happened.' That was the last thing I wanted to hear him say." Joe Barrino even agreed to be interviewed for the documentary and stated, "I'm not putting the blame on her but when you're dressing like that, you're saying, 'Hey, there's a party over here'."
The singer eventually dropped out of school over the rape scandal. "It got out... I was hearing things in the hallways. They were saying, 'I'm gonna do you the same way he did you,' and that for me was it... I figured the best way to handle this was to never go back," she claims.