updated 10/21/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/21/2010 AT 1:35 PM ET
He stunned his fans last year with revelations of his abusive past and now Tyler Perry is opening up about just how bad it got.
In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired Wednesday, the writer-director says his own father beat him brutally. In one harrowing moment, he recalls when his father whipped him with a vacuum cord.
“To this day, I don’t know why he did it,” Perry, 41, says in the interview. “But I remember him cornering me in a room and hitting me with this vacuum cleaner cord. He would just not stop.”