Danielle Bregoli came forward with allegations of physical and mental abuse at a teen residential facility where she was sent by Dr. Phill. The viral star turned rapper claims that she was placed in a teepee and wasn't even allowed to shower or sleep for a few days.
Bregoli has spoken out in a new YouTube video about the alleged abuse she suffered during her time at the ranch where she was sent after appearing on Dr. Phil.
Bregoli, who performs under the name Bhad Bhabie, went viral back in 2016 following her appearance on the lifestyle chat show Dr. Phil.
The teen spoke out as part of the “Breaking Code Silence” movement, which seeks to spread awareness of alleged abuse and mistreatment of children at the Utah facility and other similar programs.
The then-13-year-old was sent to the Turn-About Ranch in Escalante, Utah, which, according to its official website, promises to "impart [a] lasting and powerful change in teens" through "therapy, academics, and hard work".
Upon arrival, Bregoli, now 18, claims that she was placed in a teepee and wasn't allowed to shower or sleep for the first three days.
“You have to sit there for three days,” she said. “They wouldn’t let me lay down for nothing. Like, I was falling asleep and they’re like, ‘Oh, get up, get up.’ So I’m just sitting here like, ‘This is gonna be really bad,’ when I see these people have no sympathy.”
In the video, Bregoli gives testimony about how she was sent to the ranch by transporters “who come in in the middle of the night. They don’t tell them where they’re going. They just take them, they handcuff them, they put them in the car. It’s basically like kidnapping.” Bregoli says that at the ranch, “they take away necessity privileges, like sleeping on a bed, eating good food, not being cold.”
“You’re not even feeding them or letting them sleep in decent conditions. Just doing things that no one would ever want done to their child, and doing it to kids that are so helpless,” says Bregoli. “That’s the thing about these places. You have no evidence. You don’t have a phone there. There’s no cameras there. There’s no evidence.”
Bregoli says she witnessed kids being forcefully restrained, “which is against the law, you’re not supposed to touch the kids,” and that “if you reported another kid getting bullied by their peers or something, they would just say, ‘well maybe that’s what they need,’ or something like that.” Punishments included being subjected to cold and menial labor."
In an eight-minute video posted to her YouTube channel on March 19, under the hashtag #BreakingCodeSilence, Bregoli shared her support for Hannah Archuleta, a former teen resident of Turn-About Ranch in Escalante, Utah, who is now suing the facility for negligence after alleged sexual assault by a staff member in late 2018. Archuleta urged parents against sending their children to "these places".
Bregoli has demanded an apology from Dr. Phil by April 5.
“Dr. Phil, I am going to give you from now until April 5 to issue an apology, not only to me, but to Hannah or any other child you sent to Turn-About or any other program like this, and if you don’t I’m going to handle things my way,” she said.
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