The Woman Who Accused Tupac Of Rape Has Spoken For The First Time
In 1993, rapper 2pac - real name Tupac Shakur - was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room, and although he denied the offence, the rapper was convicted and sent to prison. That woman, Ayanna Jackson, spoke during the trial of how 'in awe' and 'starstruck' she was when she arrived at the hotel that night.
Ms Jackson wasn't named during the trial, however she's come forward more than 24 years later to give her first on-camera interview to explain what happened that night.
Speaking to VLadTV, Ayanna explained how she initially went into a bedroom with Shakur and gave him a massage. They eventually started kissing but the rapper grabbed the back of her head at one point and kept telling her to 'relax'. But at one point, a door opened, and Ms Jackson could hear people shuffling into the room.
She recalled: "Because he had his hand in my braids, I can't physically move around. So I'm looking at him while I'm straddling him and I'm looking at him face to face and I can hear people talking and I hear people saying, 'Look at her.'
"I'm looking at him dead in the eye and I say, 'What's going on?'
"He's saying: 'Relax, relax, relax, baby. These are my boys. I like you so much I decided to share you with them.'"
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Ayanna said she told Tupac 'no' several times but he kept his hand on the back of her head. She described parts of the encounter like an out-of-body experience because she couldn't believe it was happening to her.
Ms Jackson recalled her stockings and dress being ripped off by the other men in the room before being raped by Tupac. Eventually the singer left the room and his friends then raped her.
It wasn't until she 'came to' that she realised what had happened to her.
When the case went to court, Tupac stringently denied the rape charges and insisted what happened that night was consensual. While he apologised to her in the courtroom, he told the judge: "I'm not apologising for a crime. I hope in time you'll come forth and tell the truth."
Justice Daniel P. Fitzgerald didn't side with the singer and described the crime as 'an act of brutal violence against a helpless woman'. He was sentenced to four and a half years behind bars with the ability to apply for parole after serving just one and a half years.
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