Common’s newfound mission is to help victims of molestation — like himself — and says his just-released book is the first step in making it happen.
TMZ caught up with the multi-talented star as he was leaving NBC in New York Tuesday when we asked about his new memoir, Let Love Have the Last Word, and its shocking revelation that he was molested as a child.
Common says he’s being open about his experience because he hopes it will encourage others to feel safe talking about it too … and it will aid in the healing process.
In his book, the Oscar-winner shares how a repressed memory of being molested by a family friend — whom he refers to as Brandon — surfaced a couple years ago while acting out a scene with Laura Dern in the 2018 film, The Tale.
Common’s story details his personal journey as he works through the painful experience with the help of therapy … and how he’s still dealing with it on a daily basis.
As he puts it … he’s trying to help the people as he helps himself.