Kehlani Alleges Being Sexually Assaulted at Concert: "This Shit Made Me Sick to My Stomach"

"I am endlessly triggered and mind-blown"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 15, 2022

Kehlani has spoken out about being sexually assaulted while being escorted through a crowd after a performance in England.

In a since-deleted statement on Instagram Stories, the singer-songwriter — who just completed the European leg of their Blue Water Road Trip Tour, detailed the harrowing experience on Monday night (December 12).

"I've made video after video after video and deleted it because I don't want any video of me as angry, triggered, crying upset as I am anywhere," Kehlani reportedly wrote [via Billboard].

The following article contains potentially triggering material relating to sexual assault and violence. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct and are looking for support, consult the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime to find resources in your area.

"I don't care how sexual you deem my music, my performances, my fun with my friends dancing at clubs, or ME… That does not give any of you the right to cross a boundary like sticking your hands up my skirt & pulling my underwear to TOUCH MY GENITALS as I am being escorted through a crowd after performing," they continued. "This shit made me sick to my stomach. As a victim of sexual assault, I am endlessly triggered and mind-blown."
Kehlani has long been an avid supporter of fellow sexual assault victims, repeatedly using their platform to stand up against abuse amid the #MeToo movement.

Raveena recently reported a similar experience, saying she was sexually assaulted while on tour. The landscape facing touring artists is already unsustainable financially and health-wise, yet musicians — especially women of colour — continue being subjected to violations of their bodies and possessions.

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