R. Kelly’s Former Hair Braider Says He Sexually Abused Her
Another one of R.Kelly’s alleged victims is speaking out about her past with the singer. A woman named Lanita Carter is speaking to CBS News in an interview set to air today, Thursday March 28th, identifying herself as one of the four alleged victims whose claims resulted in Kelly’s indictment and arrest in Chicago last month.
Watch the clip from CBS below:
In the interview, Carter cries as she tells CBS correspondent Jericka Duncan about being traumatized by her alleged interactions with Kelly:
“I was sexually abused by him and I live after that. I try to pick up the pieces every day,” Carter says. Lanita said she was Kelly’s “hair-braider for two years” when he allegedly assaulted her in 2004. Carter says Kelly tried to force her to give him oral sex before he masturbated and spat in her face. She was 24-years-old at the time. Carter claims that prosecutors told her the shirt she submitted for DNA testing was a match for 52-year-old Kelly.
Carter said Kelly’s celebrity made coming forward with her story much more difficult.
“If it’s anybody that want to speak 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.”
Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse in Cook County in February. The charges involve incidents from 1998 to 2010, with the three other accusers believed to be all underage.