9 Rappers Involved In Sexual Assault Cases
On September 16, Young Money president and rapper Mack Maine—real name Jermaine Preyan—was formally charged with sexual battery charges, stemming from an August 22 incident in Oklahoma City while on tour with Lil Wayne's America's Most Wanted festival. According to the court documents, Maine invited two women onto his tour bus where he allegedly put his hand down one of the women's shirt and fondled her right breast without her consent. When the two women tried to leave the tour bus, Maine reportedly held the door shut, and punched the second woman so hard in her face that he broke her jaw.
Although Maine's case is pending, he is sadly not the first rapper to be involved in a sexual assault case. In recent months, rape and hip-hop have come to the forefront due to Rick Ross' controversial lyrics on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." when he rapped, "put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it," a lyric that critics have alleged describes a date rape. More serious than a few offending lyrics, some in hip-hop have been accused and, in some cases, convicted of rape over the years.
XXL is taking a looking back today of 9 cases in hip-hop where rappers found themselves involved with sexual assault charges.
The Case: On November 1993, Tupac Shakur and two others in 'Pac's entourage, road manager Charles Fuller and music promoter Jacques "Haitian Jack" Agnant, were charged with sexual abuse of a female fan stemming from a November 18, 1993, incident in which the group allegedly forced the woman to have oral sex with them in a room at the Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City. While Tupac admitted to having consensual intercourse with the woman earlier in the night, Shakur proclaimed his innocence and claimed that he exited the room when the other men entered and was not aware of what happened after.
The Aftermath: Tupac Shakur and his road manager, Charles Fuller, were convicted of first degree sexual abuse on December 1, 1994. Although, 'Pac was acquitted of weapons and sodomy charges alleged against him, Shakur was sentenced 1.5 to 4.5 years for sexually abusing the fan. Jacques Agnant, who was also charged in the case, eventually had the charges dropped a few months later.
Despite the guilty verdict, Tupac Shakur continued to proclaim his innocence until the day of his death a few years later. On the day of the sentencing,'Pac apologized to the victim but added, "I'm not apologizing for a crime. I hope in time you'll come forth and tell the truth." He would eventually be released from Clinton Correctional Facility after Death Row Records founder Suge Knight paid for his bail on October 15, 1995, after serving eight months.
The Case: On July 18, 2002, Baton Rouge rapper Mystikal and two of his bodyguards, Leland Ellis and Vercy Carter, were slapped with charges of aggravated rape and extortion. The charges stemmed from a July 3, 2002, incident where Mystikal and the two other men allegedly forced a female hairstylist to perform oral sex on them and accused her of stealing $80,000 in checks from the rapper. A videotape of the incident was later found at Mystikal's home shortly after the charges were made.
The Aftermath: Mystikal plead guilty to sexual battery and extortion charges on June 26, 2003. On January 15, 2004, Mystikal was sentenced to six years in state prison for his crimes. After serving four years in prison, he was released on January 14, 2010. Mystikal's two guards, Ellis and Carter, also plead guilty to sexual battery in the case.
South Park Mexican
The Case: Houston rapper South Park Mexican—real name Carlos Coy—was arrested on September 25, 2001, for aggravated sexual assault of a 9-year-old child. On December 10, 2001, SPM was indicted on the molestation charge and subsequently charged with another sexual assault charge after he allegedly impregnated a 13-year-old girl in 1993. Two more charges were later added on for sexual assault of two 14-year-old girls in March 2002.
The Aftermath: Carlos Coy was convicted on the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child on May 18, 2002, and sentenced to 45 years in prison on May 30, 2002, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. He is currently incarcerated in Allred Unit in Wichita Falls, TX, where he has a projected release date of April 8, 2047, when he will be 77 years old.
The Case: In January 2012, Cash Money founders Brian "Birdman" Williams and his brother, Ronald "Slim" Williams, were named in a civil lawsuit alleging the brother's liability in a sexual assault case. The victim alleges being assaulted by a Cash Money associate Alfred Cleveland when he followed the alleged victim into the bathroom while she was at a presentation at a music studio that the music label had rented out. Birdman and Slim denied that Cleveland was an employee of the record company, instead asserting that he was merely a friend.
The Aftermath: While it is unclear if the case has been settled, Birdman spoke with The Grio on February 3, 2012 where he denied any involvement stating, "In no kind of way and I had nothing to do with the situation."
The Case: While on tour with Wiz Khalifa in Lewiston, NY, on August 4, 2011, Big Sean and his friend Willie Antonio "Sayitainttone" Hansbro were charged with forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and sex abuse in the third degree after a woman made accusations of a sexual assault during the concert.
The Result: On October 27, 2011, Big Sean was cleared of sexual assault charges after Sean accepted a plea deal for a misdemeanor count of unlawful imprisonment.
PSD Tha Drivah
The Case: Bay Area Rapper PSD Tha Drivah, a former protege of late Bay Area legend Mac Dre, was charged with sexual assault of a woman that went to visit PSD's apartment on July 2, 2012. During the incident, prosecutors allege that PSD sexually and physically assaulted the victim when she attempted to flee the scene, partially clothed.
The Aftermath: Judge Peter Foor initially set bail for PSD Da Drivah at $100,000 but after complaints from the prosecuting attorney, it was raised to a $500,000 bond. The case is pending.
The Case: In January 2005, Snoop Lion—then going by the name Snoop Dogg—was slapped with a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing him of sexual assault. According to the plaintiff, an Emmy award-winning makeup artist, Snoop and several associates raped her in the rapper's dressing room following a taping of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January 2003. Weeks prior, Snoop had sent out a preemptive lawsuit against the woman claiming that she had targeted him for an extortion scheme. The plaintiff sought $25 million dollars in damages from Snoop in her lawsuit.
The Aftermath: In August 2005, the lawsuit was quietly dropped by the plaintiff. According to the Associate Press, the parties had settled the case "amicably." Although the terms of the settlement are under wraps, a publicist for Snoop told MTV News that no money had been exchanged between parties.
The Case: Back in June 17, 1998, Yonkers rapper DMX was arrested by New York Police and hit with charges that included sodomy, rape and false imprisonment. X was accused of raping and sodomizing a 29-year-old woman at a South Bronx apartment a few days earlier on June 14.
The Aftermath: On August 20 of that year, DMX was cleared of all charges in the case when the results of a DNA test on his blood did not match the semen that was found at the scene of the crime. After being cleared of charges, DMX said of the charges against him, "If someone is going to press charges, they should know who they're pressing charges against."
The Result: Bronx rapper Fat Joe was detained and questioned by police in Madison, WI, after a 33-year-old woman accused Fat Joe and his entourage of sexually assaulting her in a Cadillac limo on June 20, 2010. According to reports, Joey Crack was being accused by the woman of "inappropriate touching" while driving in the limo back to his hotel after a concert at the city's Orpheum Theater.
The Aftermath: Five days after the incident, Wisconsin officials "officially cleared" Fat Joe of any wrong-doing in the case.
Cee Lo Green
The Case: On October 31, 2012, Goodie Mob rapper/singer Cee Lo Green was accused by a woman of date rape, stemming from an incident back in July 2012. According to the woman, Cee Lo took the alleged victim to a sushi restaurant in downtown Los Angeles where Green allegedly slipped ecstasy into her drink and took her back to his hotel room after she passed out and raped her. Cee Lo would deny the allegations.
The Aftermath: Despite the allegations, Cee Lo Green never was formally charged with a crime. Cee Lo recently opened up about the sexual assault charges on Shade 45's Sway In The Morning where he spoke candidly about the charges but denied they took place. Speaking on the timing of the case, Cee Lo told host Sway Calloway, “I coined the phrase, ‘A dime's worth of dignity.’ When you’re making a whole dollar, they’ll want a dime of your dignity.”