His daughter Mia Turner, 50, is now speaking up on her late father’s behalf, saying the infamous scene showing Ike (Laurence Fishburne) rape Tina (Angela Bassett) in their home studio never took place.
“Obviously I wasn’t there that night…but after I saw the movie I called Tina’s sister Aillene and said: ‘What in the world?’ She then called Tina and [Aillene] confirmed to me that it never happened,” Mia told The Daily Mail.
“A high percentage of Tina’s account has been accurate. When she signed off on the movie it was the way she wanted it, but it was edited heavily afterwards. We find out later it was tweaked. It was made Hollywood, so there’s quite a few scenes, primarily the rape scene, [that] didn’t happen. In Hollywood, sex sells, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent.”
Mia also said she never personally saw her father lay a finger on her “second mother,” Tina.
“They didn’t argue much in front of me. When it came to rehearsals, daddy was the choreographer and composer, so they might quibble over things, but I never saw him hit her. I’m not saying those things didn’t happen, I just never saw that.”
In fact, Mia was devastated by their 1978 divorce, saying, “It hurt me deeply because I was still young, wondering if she’ll ever be back. Everything I knew was gone.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.