A new R. Kelly accuser has come forward for the first time to speak on allegedly being sexually assaulted by the singer. According to Page Six, Lanita Carter spoke with CBS News as one of the four accusers whose claims led to Kelly’s arrest in Chicago in February.
Carter told CBS’ Jericka Duncan, “I was R. Kelly’s hair braider for about two years. I was sexually abused by him and I live after that. I try to pick up the pieces every day. It’s hard but I know I’ll get through it. I’m not ashamed of my past anymore.”
She went on to explain that speaking her truth is a “release.” She said, “This is a release. 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.”
Carter added, “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. 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 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.”
Carter’s interview on CBS This Morning will air today (March 28th).