In a disturbing exclusive investigation, The ENQUIRER rips the lid off the dark secrets of JULIA ROBERTS’ childhood!

And in our print edition, we publish a never-before-seen photo of young Julia with the stepfather who turned her formative years into a living hell.

The “Pretty Woman” star was terrorized by twisted Michael Motes, an alcoholic with an explosive temper who swept her into in his sick world of booze, violence, blackmail and abuse.

Julia still won’t talk about the horrors she endured, but her brother, actor Eric Roberts, has said: “It was common knowledge where we grew up that Motes was a freak. (He) terrorized and abused me, and I fear he terrorized my sisters, Julia and Lisa, as well.”

The ENQUIRER reveals the shocking details of the screen beauty’s torment.

We even tracked down Motes – now living with his gay lover just miles from the Georgia home where he raised Julia – and spoke to him exclusively about his sordid past.

It’s a chilling story, but riveting reading.

And you’ll find it ONLY in the latest issue of The ENQUIRER. So pick up a copy today!