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The woman who accused Tupac Shakur of sexual assault in 1993 is speaking out in a new interview. According to Complex, Ayanna Jackson gave her first on-camera interview about the incident that left the superstar convicted of first-degree sexual abuse.
Jackson says that she met Shakur at a New York City nightclub, and they began a consensual sexual relationship. At a later date, Charles Fuller, the rapper's road manager, reached out to set up a meeting in New York City. She went to Shakur's hotel suite (where several other men from his crew were), and they proceeded to hang out.
They exchanged pleasantries, and he said he was tired. That's when Jackson and Shakur went into a bedroom, and she gave him a massage. She said he grabbed her, and they began kissing.
Everything was fine until she heard other people enter the bedroom. According to Jackson, the rapper got aggressive. He grabbed the back of her head, wrapped her hair around his hand and turned her toward him. He told her to relax.
"I'm looking at him face to face and I hear people talking and I hear people saying 'oh look at her' and 'her ass is fat,'" she said. "I'm looking at him dead in his eye, and I'm like 'what's going on?' And he's saying to me he's like 'relax baby, these are my boys. I like you so much I decided to share you with them.'"
Jackson said that she tried to lift her head up, but Shakur kept holding her down. She told the rapper "no." She said that her dress and tights were ripped off while she was straddling the rapper. She froze and had what she describes as an out-of-body experience, not believing what was happening.
She said that Shakur raped her and then left. The other men in the room were watching and touching her during the incident. Then they raped her.
"I didn't have sex with Tupac that night. [...] I was raped that night. [...] It wasn't consensual at that point," she said.
When she finally came back to her normal frame of mind, only she and the tour manager were in the room. She said he apologized to her for the incident and that he was not one of the attackers.
Shakur went on trial for the assault, and both he and his tour manager were convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in 1994. They were convicted of three counts of sexual abuse and acquitted of two counts of sodomy, one count of attempted sodomy and three counts of criminal weapons possession, reported The New York Times. The weapons charges were related to guns in the hotel.
"I've been shot five times and He's brought me this far," Shakur said at the time. "I put my faith in God. Once again, I have no shame. What happens, happens for a reason. I leave this in the hands of God."
He served nine months in prison after posting $1.4 million in bail (courtesy of Suge Knight), but continued to maintain his innocence.
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