Mariah Carey opens up about relationship with ex Tommy Mottola in memoir

The superstar alleges that her first husband, music executive Tommy Mottola, was physically and emotionally abusive.
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Transcript for Mariah Carey opens up about relationship with ex Tommy Mottola in memoir
out. Thanks for Jane for that. Our explosive new claims in Mariah Carey's memo. She alleges her first husband Tommy Mottola was controlling and emotionally abusive. Adrienne Bankert has more. Reporter: Good morning. Yes, these allegation, something we hadn't heard before are from back when she was in her 20s just starting out and what she says is the other side of her chart-topping success. this morning, some accusations from Mariah Carey saying her famous first husband treated her like a prisoner in her marriage and violently threatening her with a butter knife. The bombshell allegations published in her new book "The meaning of Mariah Carey" and said her husband turned abuive saying he walked over and picked up the butter knife and pressed the flat side against my right after what seemed like forever he dragged the cool strip of metal down my burning face. She first Hett him in the late '80s. When he signed her to Columbia records she had a string of major hits. Reporter: She spoke out to Oprah about the struggles of their personal and professional relationship. I did feel like I was held captive in that relationship. I did feel like I was in my own prison. Reporter: In her book she describes living in a home under lockdown saying it was staffed with armed guard, security cameras installed in most rooms and Tommy was in control. The singer who is biracial claims he tried to dramatically change her public image writing just as he did with my appearance he smoothed out the songs for Sony trying to make them more general, more universal, more ambiguous and I always felt like he wanted to convert me into what he understood, a mainstream mainly white artist. Tommy did not address these but he says in part he is deeply gratified for the role he played in Mariah's well-deserved and remarkable success and continues to wish her and her family the very best. Amy, George. All right, Adrienne Bankert, thank you for that.

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