Sexual Abuse Scandal For Performing Family
They're known as the 5 Browns, a Utah family of pianists with a wholesome image. Now their father is in court facing sexual abuse charges. INSIDE EDITION has the story.
It has been turmoil and heartache for the 5 Browns. The world-renowned pianists, two brothers and three sisters, are now banding together to fight their own father.
Their father Keith Brown is admitting to sexually abusing all three of his daughters, Desirae, Deondra and Melody. Brown pled guilty to criminal charges in a Provo, Utah court today.
The abuse took place from 1990 to 1992. When it began the girls were just 12, 10, and 6 years old. The daughters say it happened again between 1997 and1998, according to the criminal complaint.
Brown managed his children's group as they skyrocketed to fame. The five siblings studied together at New York City's famed Julliard. People magazine once dubbed them "The Fab Five."
They have made many television appearances, performed on The Early Show, and were profiled on 60 Minutes.
The 5 Browns severed professional ties with their dad in 2008. A source close to the family tells INSIDE EDITION that the girls decided to come forward now with the sexual abuse allegation because they had just learned that their father planned to begin managing other child musicians.
In another shocking turn, Brown and his wife Lisa just survived a terrible car crash on Valentine's Day, four days after the charges were first filed. Their Porsche was totaled after it plummeted 300 feet into a canyon. It took rescue workers 40 minutes to find the mangled car. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The F Browns visited their mother in the hospital despite the family drama. The musical siblings plan to stick together and continue their national tour.
They released this statement: "The 5 Browns wish to thank their friends and supporters for their concern and support during this trying time."
Keith Brown will be sentenced in March and could faced life in prison.
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