Dax Shepard: I Was Molested as a Kid Actor opens up publicly for the first time By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Apr 19, 2016 10:10 AM CDT 13 comments Comments Dax Shepard arrives at the world premiere of "The Boss" at the Regency Village Theatre on Monday, March 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (Newser) – Dax Shepard revealed last week that he was molested as a child. In an appearance on SiriusXM's The Jason Ellis Show just getting picked up, the actor said an 18-year-old neighbor molested him when he was 7. "It was minimal. ... But even at that, it took me 12 years to tell anyone that," Shepard, 41, said. "And then all that time, I was like, a) it’s my fault, as generic as that is … and I’m gay, I must have manifested this because I’m secretly gay. I had all these insane thoughts for 11 years or 12 years." Shepard, who has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, added that his mom recently told him she read that "if you’ve been molested, you only have a 20% chance of not being an addict. And I was like, 'Hm, interesting,' because in my mind I just like to f---ing have a great time. But when you hear a statistic like that, I’m like, 'Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.'"