Common öppnar upp om övergrepp i ny biografi

“Let Love Have The Last Word” finns ute nu.



I början av mars skrev vi om att Common var på god väg att färdigställa sin andra bok “Let Love Have The Last Word” och nu har självbiografin släppts. I boken avslöjar veteranen bland annat att han som barn antastats av en avlägsen släkting. Enligt honom själv hade han lyckats förtränga minnena fram tills 2017, när han jobbade på filmen “The Tale” tillsammans med skådespelerskan Laura Dern.


“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 to take closer looks at the previous scene. 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 couldn’t even remember remembering”, skriver han i boken.


Personen som utförde övergreppen refereras som “Brandon” i boken och ska ha varit en släkting till hans gudbror Skeet. Common återberättar en upplevelse under en familjeresa till Cleveland.


“I don’t remember how much time passed, but 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.’ That aside, I just kept pushing away his hand, then his hands. And he kept saying something like, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay, everybody does this.’ Whether that was true or not didn’t matter to me at all—I knew I didn’t want any part of what he wanted. I felt his hand on my crotch; I said ‘No’ more forcefully, but not loud enough for anyone else to hear us.”


“He kept saying, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me. After he stopped, he then kept asking me to perform it on him. I kept repeating ‘No,’ and pushing him away. 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 if I had brought it all on myself. I didn’t want to say anything, to anyone, and hoped that he would just leave me alone, and go to sleep, which, eventually, he did once I fought back enough that he knew I was not going to touch him at all.”


Övergreppen ska sedan ha upphört och den Grammy-vinnande artisten säger att han nu förlåtit Brandon. Enligt egen utsago vill han “be a person who helps break cycles of violence and trauma.” Biografin “Let Love Have A Last Word” finns ute nu och går bland annat att köpa på Bokus från den 16:e maj.