A month after being arrested for being found in contempt of court after refusing to delete a tweet accusing a high-profile star of allegedly raping her, Lerato Moloi has used her social media to release another bombshell statement
The model and actress named and shamed a popular comedian for allegedly raping her in a tweet she posted under the hashtag #MeToo in June. Following her original tweet, the comedian sought a court order which instructed Lerato to delete her post in 24 hours, of which she ignored.
At the time, the star – who became the first black face of beauty brand Elizabeth Arden in 2009 – claimed she ‘would not be silenced’.
Lerato’s latest tweet now reflects on the alleged incident which she states took place in 2014, whilst the pair worked on a TV production.
“My coming out and finding my voice has been met with attempts to silence me,” she said of her arrest and backlash received.
Lerato also delved into why she did not press charges earlier, stating she “finally found the strength and courage to speak out and seek justice”
She added; “The trauma, guilt and shame of the assault has left me with immeasurable emotional scars for the past 6 years.”
The actress went on to slam the justice system for “being used and manipulated to further oppress and silence victims, especially victims of GBV”.
Read her full statement below:
— Miss Moloi👑🐼💙 (@leratommoloi) August 4, 2020