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R. Kelly’s former hairstylist opens up about her past with the singer

R. Kelly's former hairstylist opens up about her past with the singer
R. Kelly (Photo credit: Ouzounova Splash News)

The former hairdresser for R.Kelly has spoken out about him.

Lanita Carter has decided to waive her anonymity because she is no longer “ashamed” of what she claims happened between her and the “I Believe I Can Fly” hitmaker, who is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Carter is claiming that she was allegedly being abused by the singer.

She said, “I’m not ashamed of my past anymore.”

Carter admitted it is a “relief” to come forward and explained she’s done so, as she wants to defend herself when she hears people defending Kelly.

In a preview of her interview with Jericka Duncan, which will air on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday, March 28, 2019, she said, “This is a relief. 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 want to be this victim. I don’t want to be a part of this.

“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.”

And the hairstylist hopes she can help people find the courage to speak out about things that happened to them, particularly if it is at the hands of a “celebrity.”

She added, “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 wants 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.”

According to Cook County prosecutors, a semen sample from one of Carter’s shirts was a match to the “Ignition” singer’s DNA profile.

Kelly, 52, has previously denied the accusations against him.

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