TORN apart by family tragedy and depression, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” co-star E.G. Daily is finally back on her feet and getting a shot at singing stardom on “The Voice.”
In late September, the 52-year-old sang her heart out with a spectacular rendition of Faith Hill’s “Breathe,” and Blake Shelton welcomed her to his team.
But behind E.G.’S bright smile is a dark secret.
In May 2003, the single mother of two daughters was living in Los Angeles with former “Party of Five” star Scott Bairstow when he was busted on child rape charges.
“The ordeal really rattled E.G. and her family,” a close source told The ENQUIRER.
Prosecutors said that Bairstow, who played Ned on the hit TV show, allegedly became intimate with a schoolgirl when she was just 12 and got caught in a police sting operation.
The ENQUIRER learned that the encounters had a devastating impact on the youngster, who began mutilating herself and was put under psychiatric care.
In an astonishingly frank interview following the bust, E.G. told The ENQUIRER: “I had no idea this was going on…and I am shocked! It is frightening and disturbing.
“I was concerned, of course, but I had my kids all checked out and they are fine. Scott never touched my children.”
Bairstow could have been slammed with a seven-year sentence but he struck a plea bargain to a lesser assault charge and ended up with a slap-on-the-wrist sentence of just four months.
Sadly, soon after E.G.’s emotional wounds began to heal, she was hit by another setback – falling into a depression over the way aging actresses are mistreated by Hollywood.
“I went through a really dark, dark time,” admits E.G., who once dated Brad Pitt, and is happily in a relationship with writer Jameson Hesse.
And she’s delighted to be on “The Voice,” saying: “I feel like I’ve already won.”