Gipsy Rose Blanchard alleges in an upcoming documentary series that her grandfather molested her when she was a child. However, her grandfather’s denial of the accusation came shockingly.
The claim came in the Prison Confessions of Gipsy Rose Blanchard, a Lifetime documentary that premiered on January 5th. Last Thursday, Gipsy was released from prison after serving eight years for the murder of her abusive mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, in 2015. She was a victim of Munchausen by proxy.
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Gipsy reaffirmed her accusation that her grandfather, Claude Pitre, sexually abused her for about a year.
She stated, “I’ve gotten to a point where I can stand on my own two feet and say, this happened to me and I’m not going to let it affect me anymore,” tells PEOPLE about the alleged abuse. “And that’s why I’m talking about it now. And I think for me, making it known that it happened might prevent him from doing the same thing to another family member or another child or another person because he’s still alive.”
Her grandfather’s denial
To confirm her story, her grandfather, Pitre, was asked in the documentary about Gypsy’s claim. However, he blatantly denied it. He went further to make his claim.
“She was the one that was trying to touch me, and I’d say no, don’t do that,” Pitre claims in the documentary. “She started doing that when she was about four years old.”
Telling her mother
Reacting to Pitre’s claim, Gypsy says she wants nothing to do with him. Furthermore, she tells PEOPLE why she didn’t tell her mother about the abuse she suffered.
“I fully told her everything that happened, and she proceeded to let me know that he had done the same thing to her when she was a child as well,” Gypsy says. “It was hard for us to both come to grips with the fact that we had both been abused by the same person. And I think it makes me wonder what else, what other kind of forms of abuse did she suffer that I don’t know about?”