R. Kelly’s former hairdresser has spoken out about allegedly being abused by the singer.
Lanita Carter has decided to waive her anonymity because she is no longer “ashamed” of what she claims happened between her and the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ hitmaker, who is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
She said: “I’m not ashamed of my past anymore.”
Lanita admitted it is a “relief” to come forward and explained she’s done so as she wants to defend herself when she hears people defending Kelly.
In a preview of her interview with Jericka Duncan which will air on ‘CBS This Morning’ on Thursday (28.03.19), she said: “This is a relief. 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.
Lanita went on to say, “I finally realized, I don’t want to be this victim. I don’t want to be a part of this. 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.
And the hairstylist hopes she can “help” people find the courage to speak out about things that happen to them, particularly if it is at the hands of a “celebrity”.
She added: “If I die tomorrow, I know that I told the truth. 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 wants to speak [their] 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.”
According to Cook County prosecutors, a semen sample of one of Lanita’s shirts was a match to the ‘Ignition’ singer’s DNA profile. Vulture reported that Lanita Carter has decided to go public with her story, as one of the previously anonymous accusers in the sexual abuse case against R. Kelly. While the other three victims were underage at the time of their abuse, Carter herself was 24 years old. In her interview, she recounts the abuses she allegedly suffered during the two years she worked for him as his hairdresser. She claims the singer tried to force her to perform oral sex on him, and when she resisted, Kelly allegedly masturbated and spit in her face.
Kelly, 52, has previously denied the accusations against him. Robert Kelly is facing 10 cases of aggrevated assault since the airing of the documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’ According to The Sauce another sex tape of RnB singer having sex with a minor has surfaced in the midst of investigations after the release of the infamous ‘Surviving R.Kelly’ documentary early this year.