Common is currently on a press tour for his new memoir, "Let Love Have the Last Word," in which he shares the story of having been molested as a child by a family friend.
He told TMZ he's opening up because he wants people to adopt an attitude of "I've experienced this and I can say something about it and find out how to heal myself when I'm dealing with it."
According to People magazine, the alleged assault happened during a trip to Cleveland when the Chicago native was around 9 or 10 years old.
Common didn't fully identify his alleged abuser. Yet he gave a little bit about the story below.
"I pushed him away. I don't remember saying a whole lot besides 'No, no, no,'" Common wrote in his book. "He kept saying 'It's okay, It's okay,' as he pulled down my shorts and molested me."
"I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened," Common added in his memoir.
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