Patti Labelle Says She Was Sexually Assaulted By Iconic Soul Singer! OMG!

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This is a perfect example of why we must pay homage to the soul music greats, because thru is all, Patti has continued to share her gift of song with us….and we will always respect that. As we all know, celebs are people just like us, who have their fair share of hardships in life, but this one is a shocker! Patti Labelle has said that a very well known, iconic soul singer attempted to rape her back in the 60’s.Her story of being sexually assaulted was one that I hadn’t heard her speak of before, until I read her book, Don’t Block The Blessings.

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 According to Patti, it was Jackie Wilson who attempted to rape her backstage at a theater. Here’s her account of what happened that day via michronicleonline.com:

Patti Labelle has had her share of downs, one of which involves being the victim of an attempted rape by another of the greatest singers and performers of all time, the iconic Jackie Wilson. It happened, LaBelle alleges, in the early 1960s. At the time she was with the group Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. The scene was backstage at a theater and LaBelle happened to be alone. Someone, she says, came up behind her.

patti labelle1“Jackie started touching. I started screaming, but no one could hear me. I didn’t have a knife, but I had my voice. I started screaming even louder, at the top of my lungs, and I can scream every bit as loud as I can sing.”

 She continued, “It worked. Suddenly they backed off. They let me go. I ran as fast as I could in the direction of the lights.” Gladys Knight didn’t deny the accuracy of Patti LaBelle’s story, but remembers Jackie Wilson as a perfect gentleman who always went out of his way to help Gladys Knight & the Pips in the group’s early days. One man, two remembrances.”

Geesh, this is deep! It’s extremely hard to hear stories like this about legends whom we have great respect for from an artistic standpoint, but it’s also a reminder that again, legends are people just like us- some of them flawed and some of them not so flawed. Are you surprised by this ILOSM family?
On a brighter note, check out a performance of Patti singing “If Only You Knew” on the “Queen Latifah Show” in this video…she killed it!

 

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