Mariah Carey says she was spit on as a child on LI

Mariah Carey attends the premiere of Mariah Carey attends the premiere of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" in New York. (Aug. 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Mariah Carey, who plays the mother of the title character in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," says a scene in which a black woman in 1960 is spit on by a racist stirred up strong memories of a similar incident while growing up as a biracial child on Long Island.

The music star -- whose white Irish-American mother and African-American/Venezuelan father divorced when she was 3 -- said at the movie's Manhattan news conference this week, "That actually happened to me."

In the movie, a black college student played by Yaya Alafia is spit on by a white woman in North Carolina during a Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in.

As Yahoo! Movies reported, Carey, 44, who was raised in Greenlawn, told reporters, "I know people would be in shock and not really want to believe or accept that, but it did . . . That right there, that was almost the deepest thing to me in the movie because I know what she went through -- and it happened to be a bus as well. It was a school bus."

"Where somebody spit on you?" asked fellow panelist Oprah Winfrey, who stars as the wife of Forest Whitaker's title character, Cecil Gaines, a White House butler based on the real-life Eugene Allen.

"Yeah. In the face and in the same way," Carey replied.

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Carey did not specify if the incident occurred when she was attending Oldfield Middle School or Harborfields High School. Her representative did not respond to a Newsday request for comment.

In the film, being released next Friday, Carey plays Hattie Pearl, a sexually abused Georgia sharecropper who is the mother of Whitaker's character as a child.

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