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R. Kelly Accuser Breaks Her Silence, Shares Disturbing Details About Alleged Sexual Assault While Braiding His Hair

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One of R. Kelly's accusers - who has been named in his criminal case - is breaking her silence, sharing shocking details about how he allegedly sexually assaulted her while braiding his hair. Hear her story inside...

One of the anonymous accusers in R. Kelly's criminal case is speaking out publicly for the first time.

Lanita Carter used to be R. Kelly's hairdresser and she claims she sexually assaulted her while she was braiding his hair. In the indictment, she is identified as L.C. She's the only victim who was not underage at the time of the alleged assault and the only one to provide physical evidence.

Now, 16 years later she's opening up and sharing the disturbing details about what happened to her at the hands of R. Kelly. Lanita was 24-years-old at the time Kelly allegedly violated her in February 2003 after being his braider for over a year. In an interview with CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan, she said she got a call on Feb. 18th to do his hair and that's when he tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.

"I get a phone call to come down and do his hair… When he came to the room and he asked me for that head massage, and I told him I didn't do massages, I laughed it off. And I didn't know he was for real," Carter said. "If I could change that day – I wouldn't have been there."

"He pulled my braid down by him. And he say, 'Suck it for daddy, suck it for daddy.' And I said, 'No.' And I did like this. And he just started going, [spitting noises]. He did it, like, six times," Carter added.

She said he spit in her face as he held her head down and he only stopped because someone knocked on the door.

"He didn't open the door right away. He says, 'Fix your face! Fix your motherf***ing face!'" Carter recounted. "I knew that it'll be my last day there… And I get to the bathroom, and I grabbed a wall, and it was a rose-colored towel… I wiped my face… I'm not dressed no type of way. I look at myself in the mirror, like, I'm not a beauty queen. I didn't perceive myself to be nothing more than just his hair braider."

"And I was kept thinking to myself, like, 'Why did this happen to me?'" she added.

On the same day this happened to her, she went straight to police. However, no charges were brought up against the Grammy Award winner.

"They asked for my clothing. And I gave them my favorite Tommy Hilfiger shirt," Carter said. "And that's where they found DNA evidence."

"DNA evidence from R. Kelly on your shirt?" Duncan asked.

"Semen," Carter said.

CBS News reached out to Shauna Boliker, who was then the lead sex crimes prosecutor at the time, but she has not responded.

Ten months after the incident, Lanita signed a $650,000 settlement in which Kelly denied any wrongdoing. She also agreed to keep quiet.

Six years later, Kelly decided to release a song about sexual relations with a woman who braids his hair, which Lanita said was about her based on the similarities in the song and what happened the day he allegedly assaulted her. "Zig-zag braids, got em looking like spaghettay," the lyrics said.

"That was one of the hair styles that I was known for doing, that I never did on him," Carter said. "We were on the L-shaped couch when the incident happened."

That song cost Kelly another $100,000 that he paid Lanita. In another confidential settlement, Kelly denied any wrongful conduct. He also agreed to never perform the song or include it in future albums.

Lanita said seeing his explosive interview with Gayle King is what motivated her to speak out and share her story.

"This is a release. I've been carryin' this since 2003," she added with tears streaming down her face. "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."

 

Peep her interview below: 

R. Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg responded to Lanita's interview, saying "These allegations were fully investigated by the police and prosecutors... And a decision was made, after evaluating all of the evidence, not to bring any charges."

Lanita is being represented in the criminal case against R. Kelly by lawyer Michael Avenatti and he had this to say about her speaking out:

By the way, CBS News interviewed Lanita on the same day Michael Avenatti was charged with embezzlement, extortion, and other federal crimes. He continues to represent her.

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As you know, R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty after he was indicted on 10 aggravated sexual abuse crimes. Earlier this week, he appeared in court to request a judge grant him permission to travel to Dubai for previously scheduled performances and to meet with the royal family.

However, Dubai government officials put him on full blast, revealing there were no concerts scheduled and no plans made for him to meet the royal family. A court decision has not yet been made on R. Kelly’s travel request.

 

Photos: CBS News Screenshot/E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP

 

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