Common has decided to break his silence regarding the accusations from singer Jaguar Wright that he sexually assaulted her years ago.
Wright alleged during an interview in August that he made a move on her while she was sleeping.
“The next thing I know, I wake up. It’s morning and I feel something poking in my face and sh-t. And it’s just poking in my face, poking in my face. And I’m like ‘What the f–k?!'” she said. “Then I open my mouth, this n—a trying to stick his d–k in my mouth while I’m sleep. Lonnie F–kin’ Lynn. Rashid. Common. Whatever the f–k you want to call yourself.”
The 48-year-old rapper finally talked about it in a new interview with Philadelphia’s “Rise and Grind Morning Show,” a chat which will air in full Friday.
“Let me say this. God bless, Jaguar. I really don’t have any negative thoughts towards her,” he said. “I was for surely disappointed and hurt when she said what she said about me because it wasn’t true. And I know people that have experienced sexual assault and that’s not anything to just say if it’s not true. But I also just understand that she may be going through some things that I don’t understand. So in all truth, I went through different emotions. I was like, ‘oh man, why is she saying this? This is not true. How’s this gon’ affect me?’”
According to Rap Up, Common goes on to say that he finally settled on feeling compassion towards her.
“Eventually I got to the space where I’m saying, man, I’m sending her positive thoughts and prayers because obviously the things that she’s saying, it just wasn’t true. And she might not be in a great space,” he said.
He also said that everyone needs to look at and listen to allegations made about individuals in a different way before going forth and drawing conclusions.
“As a society, we gotta do better with how we look at things and if somebody says something, we gotta really assess situations before we jump on ’em,” he said. “I just felt more compassion for those who been through that. And I said, God bless her and prayers to her ’cause I never had nothing but positive thoughts about Jaguar since we worked as musicians.”
Common was far from the only person Wright alleged questionable behavior of and made very strong claims about. Hit the flip to see who else got called out by her in one way or another.
The “Can We Talk” singer threatened to sue Wright after she claimed that Campbell prostituted himself to pay for a drug habit.
“How does a boy with a voice like that, that had the records that he had, that could have easily transformed into one of the greatest male vocalist of all time, end up up prostituting himself for drugs and change on Hollywood Boulevard? How does that happen with a gift like his?” she asked.
He wasn’t having it. While he said people should prayer for her, he also said she should take down the video where her allegations of him are featured.
“According to @jaguarwright I was a sex worker on Hollywood Blvd,” he said on Twitter. “It’s called online defamation. Do. Not. Test. T.E.V.I.N. My lawyer is on deck. I would take that YouTube vid down if I were you. My past is well documented and I’ve learned from it and I own it. I will not tolerate anyone telling lies about me online. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for any d*** thang…God don’t like ugly and ain’t too crazy bout pretty.”
Wright claimed that Badu was jealous of her because Common was supposedly into her. She said that after he allegedly tried to put his privates in her mouth while sleeping, he moved on with Badu, whom he did indeed have a relationship with.
“Then he got with Erykah and then Erykah was jealous as f–k of me. That song “Booty” on that second album. That was about me. She made that up at Black Lily in New York. That line, ‘Your booty might be bigger but I still can pull your n—a but I don’t want him.'”
No response from Badu on that claim.
Fellow Philly singer Jill Scott did have some words for her former friend. It started when Wright alleged that Scott slept around in the past. She also said that she only became friends with Erykah Badu, whom she allegedly once really disliked due to Badu getting to sing the The Roots’ “You Got Me,” which she co-wrote, because they both burned too many bridges and they’re the only ones left at the ends.
Scott responded by posting a meme that read, “The lion doesn’t turn around when the small dog barks.”
In the caption she added, “LOVE and RESPECT to @common, @theroots @aliciakeys @erykahbadu @talibkweli @therealmaryjblige @diddy I sincerely appreciate your decades of musical inspiration. Thank you. Have a beautiful day Love Village. Love harder. Love smarter. Look towards the light.”
She said that she never had problems with Lauryn Hill, but that didn’t stop her from pointing out that Hill has been accused of taking credit for work on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill that she didn’t actually do.
“As amazing as it was, because they put so much pressure on women in the industry to prove that we’re greater than men, she felt the pressure to take credit for work she did not do. That became a legal, proven fact.”
“Lauryn is a brilliant lyricist, but she ain’t write all those arrangements, and arrangements make songs,” she added. “Production makes song.”
Now she doesn’t know Summer Walker from Adam, but Wright came to the conclusion that the star’s known social anxiety is due to her being “touched” in the industry.
“Has anybody bothered to ask why she all of a sudden became claustrophobic and couldn’t perform anymore? Because she had anxiety. Yeah she got anxiety. Somebody touched her,” Wright said. “I don’t know it for a fact but I seen it…I heard it…I know the sound. I can look in a woman’s eyes and tell when she’s been touched.”
“You weird AF, you don’t make something up as serious as RAPE about someone you don’t even know and then try to blast someone about it,” she wrote on social media. “I need you to be more productive with your time & platform. I don’t know you but I expect more from you. You a woman , a fellow black woman at that like what type of time is you on ? For some clout? chile bless your spirit ima [sic] pray for you today.”
Wright went very hard at Grammy winner Alicia Keys, calling her a homewrecker and a “stud,” alleging that she messed with other people’s men to cover up an affinity for women.
“That woman invited you up in her house thinking that you was an artist and you was coming in to steal her husband Alicia Keys, you f–king goofy b—h,” she said about the situation with Mashonda Tifrere and Swizz Beatz.
She also threatened to put her hands on the singer.
“I’ll be right there, dressed very much like I’m just right now in my workout clothes,” she said. “You wanna know why? Because I’ll be coming to work your motherf–kin’ a– out b—h.”
“I’m in Dallas. I heard you like to throw hands. So do I,” she said.
Wright called out The Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove after the death of founding member Malik B.
“Y’all all online talking about respect the family and this and that, but you didn’t respect your brother enough to come get him when he was doing bad,” she said. “Y’all wasn’t trying to help him, y’all was telling people to turn their back on him while calling him a drug addict.”
She also alleged the group helped R. Kelly find young girls.
“Look at R. Kelly. The Roots was around when that n—a was sending his driver around to go get girls from what was the middle school—They brought ’em to the studio. They brought ’em to Larry Gold’s studio and I was told to mind my f—in’ business if I wanted to keep my career,” she said. “A member of The Roots told me that, ‘That ain’t none of your business. That man makes people millionaires.'”
As far as Diddy, she alleged that he was messing around with singer Christopher Williams. She said she heard the story from an entertainment lawyer she hired who said she was blackballed after catching the two men together.
“The door wasn’t locked so she didn’t think twice about just walking in,” she alleged about the lawyer. “When she walked in, she saw Christopher Williams performing fellatio on Puff.”
She claimed that Diddy said if he had the power to make a man go down on him for a demo deal, he could make anybody do anything for money.
“That’s what you said, Puff, about Christopher Williams sucking your d–k for a demo deal and you cut him a check,” she alleged. “And you chased that young woman out of New York just like you tried to chase Wendy Williams out of New York. And she came to work for me.”
Mary J. Blige
She alleged that Blige is actually a lesbian who used ex-husband Kendu Isaacs to hide the truth. She also claimed, while attempting to challenge the iconic singer to a Verzuz, that Blige tried to ruin her early in her music career.
“I can produce my own songs. I can sit down with a competent mix engineer and walk all the way through a mix. I can do those things Mary. Can you?” she asked in a video. “What can you do Mary? Other than play dress up and eat snatch in dark places hoping nobody finds out you’re gay. And If I’m lying, sue me Mary. If you got the heart, let’s do the Verzuz. Or if you want to apologize to me for the way you tried to destroy my career at it’s very beginning, you can do that, too.”
It’s simple. She wants Jennifer Lopez to spill the tea about Diddy.
“Why ain’t you speaking up about Diddy yo? Didn’t that n—a try to ruin your life? Didn’t you run to the arms of Ben Affleck to get away from Honey Comb?” she asked.
She also claimed there was more to the story of the night that Diddy and Lopez were at a nightclub and the notorious shooting happened that helped to put an end to their relationship and send rapper Shyne to prison for 10 years.
“Are you gonna tell the truth about that or is Benny Medina gonna do it for you? I just wanna know Jennifer. And I understand, you got your secrets, too,” she said.
“Are you gonna tell the truth Jennifer? Accuracy is integrity. If you really bang for the female cause like you say you do, when you gon’ say something about Diddy?”