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Common Reveals He Was Child Molestation Victim in New Memoir


Common Reveals He Was Child Molestation Victim in New Memoir

Congrats to the Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper, actor and activist on the release of his new book called Let Love Have the Last Word, where in it he speaks on his personal journey with love and the knowledge he’s gained from seeking therapy.

In the book he shares two years ago while working on a scene in The Tale, alongside actress and friend Laura Dern, a sudden traumatic memory of being molested as a kid came back to him.

Via Let Love Have the Last Word:

“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind. 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 recalls this happening to him when he was just 9 or 10 years old while growing up in Chicago:

“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…”

Common says after arriving at his Aunt’s house in Cleveland, he and Brandon had to share a bed together one night of the trip.

Via Let Love Have the Last Word:

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.‘”

But his abuser wouldn’t stop:

“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.”

The Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper, actor and activist believed he coped with it all by burying the painful memories:

“I just pushed the whole thing out of my head. Maybe it’s a matter of survival—Even now, two years after that flash resurgence of memories, as I’m writing, I’m still working through all of this in myself and with my therapist.”

The star says that he has never spoken about the one-time incident with the accused (who he hasn’t seen in over 25 years) and that he has chosen the path of forgiveness:

I want to be a person who helps break cycles of violence. This is love in action and I intend to practice it.”

Common’s memoir Let Love Have the Last Word, is available now.

If you suspect domestic violence, call the National Domestic Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7.

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