An R. Kelly Accuser Has Spoken Publicly For The First Time
R. Kelly's former hair stylist has spoken publicly for the first time, accusing the R&B singer of sexually abusing her.
Lanita Carter who was — until now — an anonymous accuser said the interview with CBS felt like a "release" after working as R.Kelly's hair braider for two years.
Carter said the fear of public scrutiny was no longer enough to silence her.
"Today — 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," Carter told CBS.
R. Kelly was arrested in February after Chicago prosecutors charged him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Three of the four alleged victims are believed to have been underage when the suspected crimes occurred. Carter was 24 years old when the alleged abuse took place.
She said she's had to carry "her truth" in secret since 2003, fearing backlash from the singer's fans if she spoke out.
"When I finally realised 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," Carter said.
With tears welling up in her eyes, Carter told CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan that she tries "to pick up the pieces every day" and that while it's been difficult, she's not ashamed of her past any more.
R.Kelly broke down into a vehement shouting fit when interviewed by CBS journalist Gayle King back in March.
He denied all allegations of sexual abuse, declaring he had "absolutely not" broken any laws.
The 52-year-old has confronted allegations of sexual abuse against minors as young as 14 years old for more than a decade.
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