Wednesday, June 19, 2024

R. Kelly Accuser (Lanita Carter) Speaks Publicly for First Time About Alleged Sexual Assault

*Yet another R. Kelly accuser has come forward for the first time to speak the “truth” about how she was allegedly attacked by the musician.

Lanita Carter gave an emotional interview with CBS News and claims she is one of the four accusers whose accusations led to Kelly’s arrest in Chicago in February.

“I was sexually abused by him and I live after that. I try to pick up the pieces every day,” Carter told CBS correspondent Jericka Duncan during their discussion that aired on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday.

“It’s hard but I know I’ll get through it. I’m not ashamed of my past anymore.”

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Carter — who was 24 at the time — said she worked as Kelly’s “hair-braider for two years” when he assaulted her 15 years ago by trying to force her to give him oral sex. She claims he then masturbated and spat in her face.

She submitted her shirt for DNA testing and Cook County prosecutors matched it to the R&B star.

“I’ve been carrying this since 2003. I have had to sit on a public bus and watch public conversation: ‘Did you hear about what they did with R. Kelly? They need to leave that man alone.’ And I can’t stand up for myself. I finally realized: I don’t wanna be this victim. I don’t wanna be a part of this.”

Caters says she hopes coming forward will help her find closure.

“When I finally realized I don’t want to be this victim, I don’t want to be a part of this, every time I tried to pick myself up again, I felt like something on the news brought me back to what I thought I swept under the rug,” she said.

“Today I say: no more. You can talk about me. You can not like what I’m sayin’ about your favorite singer. But this is my life… This is my truth. This is what I have. If I die tomorrow, I know that I told the truth.”

She added, “I know that I want to be the best person I could be. I know that I want to help people. If it’s anybody that want to speak truth, it’s hard when it’s a celebrity. It’s not easy. It’s not easy if it wasn’t a celebrity. It makes it 10 times worse.”

R. Kelly was hit with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse in February, with three of the accusers believed to have been underage at the time of the alleged sexual assaults.

Carter says Gayle King’s “CBS This Morning” interview with the singer gave her the courage to go public with her story. “It’s actually the reason that I’m here.”

 

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