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Vanessa Williams: ABC's "666 Park Avenue" Is 'Not Blood and Guts'

ABC/ERIC LIEBOWITZ(NEW YORK) -- Actress Vanessa Williams was among the stars at the New York City premiere Monday night of ABC's new thriller, 666 Park Avenue.

The 49-year-old actress told ABC News Radio that viewers shouldn't be scared by the horror genre title.  She says the new series, which debuts this Sunday, is more suspense than scary.

"Don't let the horror label fool you or scare you away," Williams said.  "There are some unfortunate things that happen on a weekly basis at The Drake, but it's not blood and guts.  It's not going to make you not be able to sleep at night."

The Drake is the fictional luxury building around which 666 Park Avenue is centered -- a building that contains many secrets and evil spirits.  So why would anyone stay there? 

Actor Terry O'Quinn, who plays Gavin Doran, the Drake's mysterious landlord, tells ABC News Radio, "They're seduced by the glamour of the place and it's a great address...I would probably jump at the chance to live in The Drake."

ABC's 666 Park Avenue premieres Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Vanessa Williams Not a Fan of 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Vanessa Williams, a former Miss America winner, does not think highly of the TLC series Toddlers & Tiaras, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at child pageants.

In an episode of Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show that aired Thursday, the Desperate Housewives actress is asked if she thinks the kids on Toddlers & Tiaras are being pushed into the pageants. She replies, "I think they don't know what they are doing. But when the child is screaming and saying, 'I don't want to do this, I don't feel like doing it,' when they are using special juice to get them hyped...."

Cooper then interjects and explains that the "special juice," also known as "go-go juice," is a mix of Mountain Dew and 7-Up.

Williams, the mother of four children, says she would never let her kids participate in such pageants.

Williams in 1983 became the first African-American woman to win the Miss America crown, but she was later stripped of the title after nude photos of her surfaced.

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Vanessa Williams Reveals She Was Molested, Had an Abortion

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- In her new memoir, entitled You Have No Idea, actress Vanessa Williams opens up about very painful moments in her childhood.

One incident happened when she was just 10-years-old.  While vacationing with family and friends, Williams reveals she was molested by an 18-year-old girl.

In an interview Tuesday on ABC's Nightline, Williams revealed, "It happened one night where she told me, 'come over here,'…I didn't know that it was wrong, but I knew that it wasn't right because I wasn't supposed to tell anybody."

The Desperate Housewives actress says it wasn't until years later, while in college, did she understand what happened to her.

"I think I was highly sexualized because I was in fifth grade and I had this experience," Williams said.  "Because it feels good, you're like, OK, well this is supposed to be normal.  That's not normal for a 10-year-old to be seduced."

Williams' mother Helen, who co-wrote the memoir, says she was unaware of Vanessa's molestation, or the fact her daughter had an abortion in high school. 

"I knew in high school that's something that I was not prepared to do, or fight, or struggle with," Williams said of her decision.

"[I] had no idea that that had happened," Helen Williams tells Nightline.  "But in retrospect, it kind of put into place some of her reactions during her preteen years."

You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (And Each Other), the full title of the memoir, is on bookshelves and e-readers now.

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