In the wake of a liberating, yet troubling, time for victims of sexual violence in Hollywood (famously known as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements) comes a breath of fresh air with Ashanti’s story of how she avoided becoming the next sexual assault casualty.
The R&B singer shared her story with Access Live on Tuesday (May 22), leaving the name of the perpetrator undisclosed, according to Global Grind. Ashanti reportedly said that the situation started from the hefty costs of two tracks that she wanted for herself, each costing $40,000. The producer had another idea in mind, however, offering free beats to her in exchange for a shower and date with him.
The Braveheart songstress never saw it coming either, especially considering the dynamic description of their relationship.
“It was very weird,” she said. “We started out really cool, he’s very talented, and when it got down to the business of the two records that I wanted it kinda was like, ‘OK, well, take a shower with me and let’s go out on a date and let’s do this, and I’ll give you the music for free.’"
She assumed that he was joking at first, but was “really really taken aback” after realizing that he was serious. Not to worry, though, since her older brothers were only a phone call away.
“I’ve been raised very strong and I don’t play those games and I have also been blessed to have a lot of big brothers and a lot of young brothers,” she revealed, “and let’s just say the situation was definitely taken care of and he definitely changed his attitude.”
The site reports that her brothers not only helped the producer’s change of heart, but she’d even got three free songs after they were finished with him.
He’s still working around the industry, Ashanti reportedly added, but for his sake, we’d hope he took the valuable lesson from her big brothers along with him for the rest of his career.
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