Common released his brand-new memoir, titled Let Love Have the Last Word, on Tuesday, in which he reveals that he was molested as a child.
The rapper says that he first realized that he may have been sexually abused a couple of years ago when was prepping for his role in The Tale alongside actress Laura Dern.
“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he begins. “I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape. I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.'”
According to Common, the incident happened during a family road trip to Cleveland where the nightly sleeping arrangements had him in the same bed as a person he calls Brandon.
“I was excited for a road trip I was about to take with my family. My mother; my godmother, Barbara; her son and my godbrother Skeet; and his relative, who I’ll call Brandon,” he explains.
“At some point I felt Brandon’s hand on me. I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.’ He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me. After he stopped he kept asking me to perform it on him. I kept repeating ‘No’ and pushing him away. I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened,” Common writes.
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