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Lenny Kravitz doesn’t call unwanted sex assault on teen

Lenny Kravitz opens up about an unwanted sexual encounter he experienced as a teenager and what it taught him.

The “TK421” singer, who detailed the incident in his 2020 memoir, Let love speakpushed back on the question of whether or not this could be considered sexual assault in a Squire interview published Wednesday.

“It was an experience and a lesson,” Kravitz responded. “Everything doesn’t have to be this way…”

The Grammy winner then shifted gears and noted the time period in which the encounter occurred. “I’m not saying there aren’t things worth addressing – maybe someone would say they should have been addressed and they were, whatever, but it “It was time,” he said. “I lived and I learned. I was not traumatized. »

Lenny Kravitz.

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In his account, Kravitz wrote that the incident occurred while a family friend was watching him while his parents were out of town, according to Squire. The person invited friends, one of whom entered the teen Kravitz’s room, got into bed with him and touched him.

This had a lasting effect on Kravitz and his thoughts on intimacy. “I was not interested in convincing or coercing women,” he wrote in the book, according to the outlet. “I had been forced myself and I didn’t like it.”

Elsewhere in the new interview, Kravitz reflected on his past relationships and admitted that he didn’t always stay true to them, explaining that he struggled to “be sure this was the person for me , always thinking something else could be better.” Although he said he understood that this line of thinking was “part of the journey,” Kravitz acknowledged, “I’ve put some people through some tough times.” »

The 59-year-old rocker, who is currently single, added that he is open to marriage and having children again in the future. “I have grown enough. I became stronger. I became more disciplined,” he said of the possibility of marrying a second time. “I became more open to being able to do it. But this was very difficult for me to understand. »

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