Through tear-soaked cheeks, Lanita Carter says she thinks it’s time she told her story.
“I’m not ashamed of my past anymore,” the once-anonymous accuser of R. Kelly says publicly for the first time.
In a clip shared Wednesday night ahead of Carter’s full interview with Jericka Duncan airing Thursday on “CBS This Morning,” Carter talks about being Kelly’s hairstylist and being sexually abused by the singer.
“This is a relief. I’ve been carrying this since 2003,” she says, explaining how she hears conversations with people defending Kelly. She hadn’t been standing up for herself.
“I finally realized, I don’t want to be this victim. I don’t want to be a part of this,” she says. “Today I say: ‘No more.’ You can talk about me. You can not like what I’m saying about your favorite singer. But this is my life. This is my truth. This is what I have.”
The emotional conversation follows an explosive exchange between R. Kelly and Gayle King on “CBS This Morning,” an interview with King and two of Kelly’s self-described girlfriends on the same program, and the release of Kelly from a Chicago jail after someone paid $161,000 in back child support for his ex-wife.
Kelly, 52, was charged Feb. 22 in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
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