R. Kelly is facing 10 counts of sex abuse from four victims, which could result in 70 years behind bars. Now one of his accusers from the current round of allegations has spoken out for the first time.
Lanita Carter said when she was his hairdresser as a braider in February of 2003 he forced her to give him oral sex. Carter was 24 years old at the time, she said.
She also added, “I’m not dressed no type of way. I look at myself in the mirror, I’m not a beauty queen. I didn’t perceive myself to be nothing more than just his hair braider. And I kept thinking to myself, like, ‘Why did this happen to me?”
Carter said she contacted the authorities that same day, claiming that police asked for her clothing and found DNA of the singer’s semen on one of shirt. She also said she knows many people will not believe her but “I’ve been carrying this since 2003. I don’t want to be in the public, but this is my life. If I die tomorrow, I know that I told the truth.”
“Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told CNN that the singer was on bail in a 2002 case during the time Carter alleged she was assaulted,” CNN reported. “If Kelly had been charged after Carter went to police, his client’s bail would have been revoked, and he would have gone to jail, according to Greenberg.”
Watch Carter’s interview below on CBS This Morning:
Kelly was arrested Feb. 23 after surrendering to Chicago police following his indictment on the same day for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The latest sex crime charges he is facing stem from attorney Michael Avenatti, who has his own legal turmoil, giving purported child porn videos that featured the singer. Avenatti said he was hired last April in connection to multiple allegations of Kelly sexually assaulting minors. He claimed to have videotaped evidence, which, despite their similarities, were apparently not the same video footage that got Kelly indicted in 2002 — and acquitted in 2008 — for child porn. Lanita Carter is also represented by Avenatti.
Interest in seeing Kelly charged for his alleged crimes came at the beginning of the year when the bombshell docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired with several women accusing him of sexually abusing them when they were underage.