In 1993 Tupac Shakur was charged and sentenced for raping a woman in a hotel. The rapper vehemently denied the charge but was still sentenced to between eighteen and 54 months in prison for what the judge called “an act of brutal violence against a helpless woman.” At the time the woman chose to remain anonymous and has never spoken to the press or reporters about her experiences.
For the first time ever the woman has decided to reveal her identity and speak about what happened to her to VLADTV. The full interview can be watched below but be aware it contains descriptions of graphic sexual violence.
In the interview Ayanna Jackson talks about how the initial encounter with Tupac was set to be consensual with her following him to his hotel room where she gave him a massage and began to kiss him. However, at one point he grabbed the back of her head, repeatedly told her to ‘relax’ while other men began to enter the room.
“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.'"
Afterwards Ayanna discusses how she was raped by Tupac and his friends, describing it as “an out of body experience” that didn’t feel real until the following morning.
Tupac was found guilty of the crime but denied it in court and continued to during his career. He spoke to Ayanna in court and apologised, but with the caveat,
“I'm not apologising for a crime. I hope in time you'll come forth and tell the truth.”
He later told viewers on the Arsenio Hall Show that he had been deeply hurt that “a woman would accuse me of taking something from her” when he himself had grown up surrounded by powerful women.
It’s not clear what has prompted Ayanna to go public with her identity now but it may be related to the recent rise of the #MeToo movement and the drive to create a society where people feel more comfortable discussing their experiences of rape and sexual assault.