Drunken dad shot at us, mum killed him in self-defence —Actress

South African actress and producer, Charlize Theron, has narrated the events that led to the shooting death of her dad.

The incident happened in 1991 when she was a mere 16-year-old.

She narrated that her dad had come home dead drunk and had fired at her and her mother through the door.

Ms. Theron, who regularly talks about her troubled childhood which she spent on a rural farm near Johannesburg, and the violence she experienced from her dad, shared the astonishing details about the tragic night her father was shot.

Speaking to the America-based National Public Radio host, Terry Gross, the 44-year-old South African actress said, “My father was a very sick man.

“My father was an alcoholic all my life. I only knew him one way, and that was as an alcoholic.”

Theron said the situation was “hopeless,” and that it had a great impact on her life.

“I wish what happened that night would’ve never happened,” the actress said.

“My father was so drunk that he shouldn’t have been able to walk when he came into the house with a gun.”

She said she and her mum, Gerda, leaned against the bedroom door in order to prevent her dad from entering the room.

He simply took a step back and fired the gun through the door at them, Theron said.

“And so, both of us were leaning against the door from the inside to have him not be able to push through. And he took a step back and just shot through the door three times. And none of those bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle.”

Theron’s mother then retrieved her own handgun and killed her own husband. She was not charged for the murder, as the court believed that she acted in self-defence.

“But in self-defense, she ended the threat. And this is a story that I have, you know, shared with a lot of people”, Theron said.

The actress also admitted that she really believed she could have died that night.

Detailing the atmosphere of fear under which she lived while her dad was alive, she said, “I knew it. The fear and the threat was there before anything actually took place.

“I remember just hearing his car drive into the driveway. And I just knew something bad was going to happen. My body just knew,” Theron recalled.

She said she was not ashamed to talk about her family story, noting that it was important to share this kind of experience.

She admitted to never contacting her father’s side of the family after his death, while praising her mum for being “incredibly” strong throughout the whole episode.

Theron, who is a mother of two adopted children, moved to the United States in the 1990s and was granted citizenship in 2007, with her mum Gerda also permanently moving to America about 15 years ago.

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