R. Kelly’s former hairdresser has publicly accused him of sexual abuse for the first time – and claims she has his DNA on her shirt as proof.
Lanita Carter, 39, claims to have been assaulted 15 years ago aged 24 when she was Kelly’s hair-braider.
Speaking to CBS This Morning, Carter said: “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.”
NEW: Lanita Carter, who, until now, was an anonymous accuser in the #RKelly criminal sexual abuse case, is speaking publicly for the first time about an alleged assault by the R&B singer.
“I've been carryin' this since 2003.”
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 27, 2019
The New York Post reported that Carter claimed that she submitted her shirt for DNA testing and Cook County prosecutors told her it was a match to 52-year-old Kelly.
“I’ve been carrying this since 2003,” Carter continued in the CBS interview. “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 realised: I don’t wanna be this victim. I don’t wanna be a part of this.”
She added: “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.
“Today I say: no more. You can talk about me. You can not like what I’m sayin’ about your favourite 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.”
R Kelly pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of sexual abuse last month, before being released from jail this month on $100,000 bail.
Claims of Kelly’s sexual activity with underage girls resurfaced amid the recent documentary series, Surviving R Kelly. Buzzfeed had previously reported in 2017 that Kelly ran a sex cult. He has constantly denied any wrongdoing.