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Common reveals he was molested as a child in new book


RAPPER AND actor Common has opened up about his own experience of child molestation in his new memoir Let Love Have the Last Word.

In his memoir, The Light hitmaker reveals he was around 9-10 years old when he was inappropriately touched by a friend’s relative. He recalls taking a family road trip to visit an aunt in Cleveland, Ohio, where he and his abuser had to share a bed.

At some point I felt Brandon's hand on me," he writes. "I pushed him away. I don't remember saying a whole lot besides, 'No, no, no.'

"He kept saying 'It's OK, It's OK,' 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 decided to keep the incident “buried”, but it was while working on a scene in th3 2018 film The Tale that he realised what actually happened to him as a kid.

"One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind," the 47 year old shares. "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.'"

Common decided to seek therapy to help him come to terms with the painful past, and he almost didn't include the story in his new book, until he recognised his ability to help others in similar situations, especially those in black communities.

"It was something that I didn't know if I wanted to talk about, but I really believe that in telling my story, other people will be OK with talking about their situation...," he explains on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.

"I'm a black man and we don't talk about those issues in ways that we could," Common continues, "so I felt I wanted to create a space for people who have experienced that to be able to share that as part of their healing."

Let Love Have the Last Word was released on Tuesday (May 7).

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