Julia Roberts ‘upset’ over brother’s ‘abuse’ claim

Updated: Jan 02, 2011, 11:15 AM IST

London: Actress Julia Roberts is said to be ‘very upset’ over her actor brother’s allegations that he was abused as a child by his mother.

Roberts said she was “deeply upset” over fresh claims by Eric Roberts, 54, who said he was beaten and abused by their mother as a child.

Eric was nominated for an Oscar in 1986 film Runaway Train, stunned viewers of US reality TV show Celebrity Rehab.

“I had real physical abuse in my life. I learned how to take it, where I didn’t scream, I didn’t yell,” a daily quoted him as telling drugs counsellor Dr Drew Pinsky on the show.

Six years ago in a biography about Julia, he told author James Spada that for years their mother Betty “beat the hell” out of him.

Oscar-winner Julia, 43, is said by friends to be “angry and upset” that he has reopened “old family wounds”.