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Singer P.P. Arnold Claims Ike Turner Sexually Assaulted Her In New Memoir

“What can I say? It was awful,” Arnold said in an interview with the British outlet ‘The Telegraph.’

Soul singer P.P. Arnold is sharing a sensitive and personal experience that she endured in a new memoir titled Soul Survivor where she makes claims that musician and producer Ike Turner raped her in the mid-1960s.

In an interview with British outlet The Telegraph, Arnold, who started her career as an Ikette with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in 1966, says Turner trapped her in a room and assaulted her.

“What can I say? It was awful. I despised Ike on that level, but I didn’t know how to express myself,” she said, adding that she also held a grudge against Turner because she didn’t know how to process her anger at the time.

“I was told Tina [Turner] wanted to get rid of me because Ike was after me. If I had run to Tina or called my parents, it would have meant I would have [had] to come home.”

Iconic singer Tina Turner famously accused Ike Turner of physical abuse during their marriage. The biopic, “What's Love Got to Do with It” was adapted from the 1986 autobiography, “I, Tina” and depicts Tina Turner’s physical, psychological and sexual abuse at the hands of her then husband and band leader. The film starred Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner. The couple was married from 1962 to 1978.

Ike Turner died in 2007. He was 76.

Arnold went on to have a successful solo career in the UK with hits like “The First Cut Is the Deepest” and “Angel of the Morning.” She released her last album The New Adventures of… P.P. Arnold in 2019.

Her memoir Soul Survivor: The Autobiography releases on Thursday (July 7).

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