“It didn’t traumatize me.” Lenny Kravitz said he doesn't consider "unwanted sexual contact" violence in youth

Juliette Morgan
“It didn’t traumatize me.” Lenny Kravitz said he doesn't consider "unwanted sexual contact" violence in youth

Lenny Kravitz, in an interview with Esquire, spoke about unwanted sexual contact with a stranger as a teenager, explained why he could not call it sexual violence and how it affected his relationships with women later.

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The musician already described this incident in his memoirs “Let Love Rule,” which was published in 2020, but did not go into details. The incident occurred in the 1970s or 1980s, when Kravitz was a teenager. His parents left him in the care of a young uncle - old enough, he said, to look after his nephew.

My uncle threw a party and several of his friends came to see him. And one of the women went into the room where Lenny was sleeping and allowed herself several touches of a sexual nature.

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This incident forced the musician to treat women differently in the future. “I was not interested in somehow forcing women to have sex,” he said. “I was forced myself, and I didn’t like it.” In his memoirs, he also noted that "a lot of girls like bad boys," and if he had to act in a way to win someone over, he wouldn't be too upset.

He also spoke about his reaction to the incident. “It was an experience and a lesson,” he said. “I’m not saying that this moment did not deserve attention - perhaps someone will say that this should have been dealt with.”

According to him, he does not consider it sexual violence, and he does not consider himself a victim, since he did not have any traumatic experience.

"I wasn't injured. This is life, it was a life experience.”

Kravitz recently revealed the secret of his great shape. As it turned out, Re adheres to the "Mick Jagger diet" of sex, champagne and a good cigar.

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