Rapper French Montana is facing legal action from a woman who claims that he sexually assaulted her two years ago.
The unnamed woman, referred to in court documents only as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that the 35-year-old rapper, born Karim Kharbouch, was one of at least two men who raped and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious during a party at the rapper’s home in 2018, Variety reports.
The suit — which also names Kharbouch’s business partner Mansour Bennouna as well as Kharbouch's company Coke Boys Records — alleges that on March 28, 2018, Doe was with Kharbouch and Bennouna at a recording studio and witnessed them drinking alcohol and doing drugs, according to Variety.
Kharbouch then invited the woman to his Hollywood Hills home, she alleged; after she and other women showed up at around 6 a.m., they were given alcohol to drink, and Doe, who said she had decided to leave, passed out around a half hour later after taking a shot with Kharbouch and Bennouna had given her, the outlet reports.
Doe alleged that she could later recall “several men coming in and out of the bedroom” while she was unconscious and that she was sexually assaulted and raped, PEOPLE reports. Kharbouch, she claimed, “sexually assaulted” and “sexually harassed” her, and Bennouna “sexually assaulted, sexually harassed, and raped” her.
When she regained consciousness at around 1:30 p.m., Bennouna was lying next to her and rubbing her, and she felt pain in her pelvic region, she claimed, according to Variety. She then left the house upset, and got a rape kit at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Panorama City, which revealed that there was semen present, the suit alleged. Doe also reported the alleged assault to the police.
Doe’s suit alleges battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring, among other things, according to PEOPLE. It claims that Kharbouch, Bennouna, and Kharbouch’s company Coke Boys “had a longstanding practice of inviting women to their recording sessions, or choosing women at bars, and inviting them back to the Hidden Hills house.”
Furthermore, Doe alleged that Kharbouch and Bennouna would routinely give women copious amounts of drugs and alcohol “with the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with them, without any regard to whether or not they consented, or were able to consent,” according to The Blast. Doe is asking for damages in reparation for the “extreme emotional distress, anxiety, flashbacks, and depression” she suffered as a result of the alleged incident, per the outlet’s report.
Kharbouch has not commented publicly on the lawsuit and he did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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