Common Reveals He Was Molested As A Child By A Family Friend
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In his just released memoir, Let Love Have The Last Word, Common makes a personal revelation, opening up about being molested as a child.

The Oscar-winning rapper detailed how a repressed memory of being molested by a family friend—whom he refers to as Brandon—surfaced while acting out a scene in the 2018 HBO film The Tale, which also deals with childhood sexual abuse.

“And one day, while talking through the script with Laura [Dern], old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” Common, whose birth name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, wrote in his new book. 

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“I said to Laura, ‘I think I was abused.’ Right there, it all came back to my mind as if someone had suddenly inserted deleted scenes into that little movie in my head, scenes that I hadn’t remembered or thought about before, scenes I could’ve even remember remembering,” he continued.

Common said he was molested at 9 or 10 years old during a sleepover at a friend’s home.

“[Brandon] kept saying, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me,” Common wrote. “Thinking back, I should’ve gotten up from the bed and ran out of the room; but I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened, and for what he kept trying to make happen as I had brought it all on myself.”

Common said Tuesday that he’s opening up about the incident in hopes to encourage others to feel safe and to heal.

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“It’s really I’m telling what I feel and the experiences that I’ve had and ways that I dealt with it and I want people to know that it’s a safe place to be able to talk about things you go through,” Common told TMZ.

“It’s something I know a lot of people experience, especially Black young men and women have experienced it, ” he added, “…and a lot of people are afraid to talk about it. And the only way we stop the cycle is to talk about it so that’s why I chose to say something about it.”

Let Love Have The Last Word is on bookshelves now.

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