‘Surviving R. Kelly Part II’: Why Lanita Carter Says R. Kelly ‘Crushed Her Life’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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On Night 2 of Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, R. Kelly’s accusers and supporters alike delved deeper into the intercourse abuse allegations towards him as he awaits his Apr. 2020 trial. Kelly has denied all allegations towards him and maintains his innocence.

Survivor Lanita Carter’s devastating story was totally different from that of lots of R. Kelly’s different alleged victims. She was an grownup when she met him and had no musical aspirations. The hair braider’s claims have been heartbreaking, as she detailed Kelly’s purported manipulation of and violence in direction of her after they shaped a brother-sister bond.

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Carter shaped a bond with Kelly as his hairstylist

Carter met Kelly at age 24, when she was a financially struggling mother of three youngsters with an allegedly abusive (now ex) husband and a hair braiding business. 

Being requested to do R. Kelly’s hair gave Carter a way of goal and pleasure. “It made me more proud when I thought about it, you know, like, everyone wanted to be doing something for this guy, and I’m doing his hair,” she mentioned on Surviving R. Kelly Part II. “It didn’t matter how much I got paid. I just wanted to be a part of that.”

Carter even mentioned relations who had beforehand ignored, mistreated, and dismissed her immediately had newfound respect for her. “I gained the respect of many people for doing his hair. My family, they let me finish sentences, when normally they didn’t really care what I had to say…everybody was proud of me,” she defined.

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R. Kelly’s former hairdresser mentioned she was paid little for her work

Carter mentioned a “typical day” as Kelly’s hair braider meant she would get a name to be at his studio in below an hour. Next, she would wait round eight hours earlier than doing his hair for 10-15 minutes. Shockingly, she was solely paid $100 per appointment, which added as much as solely $20 in her pocket every time after childcare and journey bills. 

Still, Carter and R. Kelly shaped an unlikely bond. “He was giving me sound advice on my life. R. Kelly told me so much about, like, uh…who I am,” Carter mentioned on the docuseries. 

The hairstylist mentioned Kelly was like a “brother” to her who made her really feel he “believed” in her. She confessed her deepest secrets and techniques to him, together with the abuse she suffered by the hands of her then-husband, her melancholy, and her isolation from most of her household. Later, Carter alleged on the docuseries that she used her vulnerability towards her to make the most of her.

“He was the first person to claim to be my big brother that wasn’t my big brother,” she mentioned, including she really felt she might belief somebody for maybe the primary time. 

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She alleges that he sexually assaulted her at some point in his studio

Carter met Kelly in 2002, a number of months after his first baby pornography fees. She defended him towards the fees and thought of herself loyal to him. “I thought I could trust Robert. I thought I could trust his entourage,” she mentioned on Surviving R. Kelly Part II. But when one of many members of R. Kelly’s entourage hit on her on the studio at some point, solely to be refused, issues shifted in a significant method.

The hairdresser claimed that Kelly blamed Carter for not giving him a “heads up” concerning the incident. “I got a phone call, and it was Robert irate over the phone, asking me, why didn’t you tell me this was going on?,” she mentioned. “He said, ‘I’m like your brother, man! I can’t have you down here like this.’ I said, ‘I’m so sorry. I would have told you, but I didn’t think it was nothing.’”

After that incident, Carter mentioned one thing was clearly totally different. “I stopped getting called to come and do his hair,” she defined. Carter mentioned she would name, solely to be instructed R. Kelly wasn’t within the studio. 

After a couple of month, she mentioned, R. Kelly’s worker immediately referred to as her for a hair appointment. That’s when every part modified. 

After a number of extra weeks of doing his hair, a hair appointment in Feb. 2003 modified the course of Carter’s life. “He always had his hands in his pants or whatever, and he said, ‘I want a head massage.’ And I laughed it off and said, ‘I don’t do massages,’” claimed Carter.

What adopted was really harrowing, as Carter described being brutally sexually assaulted by Kelly in an particularly demeaning method. She was devastated, she mentioned, not solely by the alleged assault, however by the betrayal of what she thought was a deep and dependable friendship. 

“I wanted to make a living just off of doing his hair. It was like he crushed my life. And I started crying so hard. He immediately got mad at me,” Carter claimed.

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Her resolution to inform the police was a fraught and painful one

Carter agonized over whether or not or to not name the police. Finally, she did, however the investigation hit a number of snags. 

First, different staff at R. Kelly’s studio claimed they’d by no means seen her, making an attempt to dam the allegations. But Carter instructed the detective about insider particulars she wouldn’t have identified about with out being within the studio. 
R. Kelly’s former hairdresser finally settled with him for a complete of $750,000.

However, she broke her nondisclosure settlement and determined to look on Surviving R. Kelly Part II after seeing Gayle King’s explosive interview with Kelly and wanting to point out solidarity with different victims.

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