A video recently surfaced online showing Texas Judge William Adams beating his 16-year-old disabled daughter. Hillary, now 23-years-old, appeared on the Today Show this morning to talk about her father, the abuse she suffered, and why she chose to make the video public on Youtube.
You might think that Hillary posted the video to get revenge on her father or to publicly unmask his abuse, and although those might be underlying reasons, Hillary says that her father Judge William Adams dared her to post the video.
“I told him I had the video but he didn’t think much of it. He basically dared me to post it.”
The video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times on Youtube, shows Judge William Adams beating his daughter for more than 7 minutes for using the internet. Adams responded to the video saying:
“I haven’t done anything wrong except discipline my child after she was caught stealing and I did lose my temper. It happened years ago. … I apologized. It’s not as bad as it looks on tape.”
But Hillary says that the incident posted on Youtube was not a one-time incident. Hillary said:
“It did happen regularly for a period of time, and I could tell because of the pattern that things were escalating again, so I set up my video camera on the dresser and covered the little red light with a scarf. About half an hour after I set the camera up this happened and it was amazing that I was able to capture such a thing.’
According to the Daily Mail, Hillary decided not to post the video immediately because she feared for the safety of her mother and her little sister.
Here’s the video from “The Today Show.”
Last night, Hillary Adams tweeted that she felt some regret for posting the video.
“I’m feeling some regret for publishing the video because to ruin my own father is heavy indeed… But I really want him to seek help.”
The District Attorney is currently examining the video.
Should Judge William Adams be allowed to rule on child abuse cases? Should he face jail time?