Ayanna Jackson, the woman who accused Tupac Shakur of sexual assault, spoke out for the first time on-camera last week since her 1993 allegation. In a sit down with VladTV, Jackson recounts how she felt when the 23-year-old rap star was found guilty of first-degree sexual assault along with his road manager.
When asked if she felt the guilty verdict "satisfied" her need for justice, Jackson said no. "I don't think that it could ever satisfy...whether it's a guilty verdict by a court or anything...I'm 44 now and I could never, ever recover from. There is no justice in that. Not at all."
Jackson alleged that Shakur and his entourage took turns having sex with her in a New York City hotel room. Although she had come to be with the rapper, she alleges that he forcibly allowed his friends to also have sex with her. "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 previously. "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.'"
Shakur and his road manager, Charles Fuller, were never convicted of actually having sex with Jackson. Rather, they were convicted of forcibly touching her buttocks. Shakur received 1.5 to 4.5 years while Fuller received four months and five years probation. Jackson said Fuller didn't attack her but was present during the attack.
Jackson said that Shakur apologized to her in the courtoom prior to sentencing. She remembers him tearfully saying that he was "sorry" and that he should've acted in a different way. However, he also said, "I'm not apologizing for a crime. I hope in time you'll come forth and tell the truth. I'm innocent." Jackson said that the apology meant that Shakur knew that he was luring her to the hotel for the attack but perhaps the people he was around made him unable to stop it. "Maybe the fear, maybe other people, the influence around him, maybe he felt he could not intervene," she surmised.
Shakur ended up spending nine months in prison. He was released in 1995 and maintained his innocence until his death in 1996.
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