Birdman and Brother Slim Appear in Court for Rape Case
Brian “Birdman” Williams along with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams reported to court this week to answer to allegations of rape by an employee of Cash Money Records, according to Bossip.com. Alfred Cleveland has been charged with the assault.
The victim, Nicole Westmoreland, filed charges after what was supposed to be an opportunity for her to make a business presentation. Westmoreland stated, “I was followed into the bathroom, forced inside and I was raped.” She says that she was “exposed to illegal drugs and explicit sexual activity” right before she was assaulted.
Westmoreland identified Alfred Cleveland as the rapist. He was later arrested by authorities and taken into custody. When interrogated, he told authorities he was an employee of Cash Money Records. Cleveland received jail time through a negotiated plea bargain.
Westmoreland’s attorney, Charles Hodges, has filed a civil lawsuit pending against Cash Money Records on her behalf. She says that her life was threatened by reps of the record label and was offered $100,000 not to go to the police, but she refused. Westmoreland added that she was told “if I didn’t drop it that they were going to kill me.”
Westmoreland says that she felt suicidal as a result of this incident and was forced to seek treatment at a mental facility. She testified, “I believe that Brian Williams and Ronald Williams had to know that the rapist was dangerous.”
Cash Money Record’s attorney, Jim Cox, denies the claims and says that Cleveland is just a friend and not an employee.
Damages being sought by Westmoreland are unspecified. –Chanel Clark