As Hollywood continues to drown in allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment, new reports are seeping over into the music industry. On Thursday (Nov. 9), an anonymous letter in the form of a Google Doc began circulating the internet accusing rapper Iamsu! and his affiliate, Jay Ant, of committing rape four years ago. Following the viral coverage, the two rappers have come forward to deny all accusations.
Although the woman did not reveal her identity, she recalled an incident in 2013 in which the rappers forced themselves on her. "This is something that has been weighing on me for the last 4 years and now I am strong enough to speak on it because I no longer feel ashamed," the letter begins.
After the woman entered a large hotel bathroom to smoke with the rappers, she claims that "in front of everyone Su had pulled off my tube top, pulled down my pants and pushed me in the shower where he tried to corner me. I left the bathroom and Su followed behind me. I remember me saying No and him still proceeding to push and pull on me ripping off my tube top once again, lifting me up onto the bed as I tried to push him off me and he pulled down my pants… I knew I was powerless," she wrote.
Although she originally blacked out during the alleged attack, she soon woke up to find Jay Ant on top of her. "I remember trying to push him off of me and I just blacked out," she said. "I remember waking up randomly and seeing different things happening to me. At one point I woke up and Jay Ant had my lifeless body laid over the bed, violating me in front of a group of men. I felt like a rag doll being pushed against that bed. I’m pretty sure that’s what woke me up, the feeling of my face being pushed back and forth into the bed. I blacked out again in disbelief. I felt dead.”
Following the woman’s detailed letter, Iamsu! emailed a statement to The Fader, vehemently denying the allegations. "It was brought to my attention that someone had posted a evil vicious lie. However I am comforted in no weapon formed against me shall prosper,” Iamsu wrote. “I believe that her using the hashtag #metoo and saying such hurtful lies takes merit away from the courageous men and women who have recently been brave enough to speak towards sexual abuse.”
He also questioned her motives. “Her motive is suspect and her behavior is deplorable, and she is either an opportunist or emotionally unstable,” he continued. “Either one I will not allow for a person's false statements and lies to go unaddressed. It’s unfortunate that someone would take such a serious issue of rape and lie about it. Her statements are defamatory, slanderous, and downright evil.”
Jay Ant also issued a statement, pledging his innocence. "I don't quite understand how masculinity can be taken advantage of so easily, false accusations like these seem to happen to men way more than ever in 2017, and when it does, the 'social media' audience seems to not really want to give the man an opportunity to defend himself properly,” he wrote. “I hope to be able to harness this situation up for young men and women to learn from and spread awareness on how to prevent these type of things from happening to them, also if you believe any of these accusations against me, you don't know me, and if one does not know me, it's impossible have an informed opinion about this situation. With that said, I've never had any kind of sexual interaction with her. I've never had sex with her PERIOD. However, I am praying for her."
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