Rapper Soulja Boy has been accused in court filings this week of sexually abusing, beating, and holding his former personal assistant hostage.
The allegations come forth in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by the alleged survivor on Thursday, NBC News reported. The woman, referred to as Jane Doe, began working for Soulja Boy — who was born DeAndre Cortez Way — in late 2018.
The woman alleges that, shortly after becoming Way’s assistant, the rapper sent her an unsolicited photograph of his genitals. At some point, the pair began a consensual relationship, but by early 2019, Way allegedly became violent, according to the suit.
The lawsuit accuses the “Crank That (Soulja Boy)" singer of sexually assaulting the woman in February 2018. While the suit alleges that he “expressed remorse" and gave her $1,000 after the first incident, he later “on numerous occasions, and sometimes twice in the same day [...] inappropriately touch Plaintiff’s body, forcefully pull her pants off, and raped her."
Way is accused of punching the woman “directly in the head on at least 10 separate occasions.” She said was also held hostage when she was kept in a locked room for three days after she tried to quit her position. Furthermore, she claims that she was never paid the wages she was promised, NBC News reports.
"I vehemently and unequivocally deny these allegations,” Way told TMZ on Friday. "I am in contact with my legal team and the appropriate legal action will be taken against these lies."
A spokesperson for him also told the outlet that “Soulja would never put his hands on a female,” calling it “non-sense!!! [sic]"
This is not the first time that the rapper has been accused of mistreating a woman.
In 2020, Kayla Myers claimed that Way kept her captive in 2019 after tying her up with an extension cord. She said she was then coerced into a sexual act with his male assistant, TMZ reported. Myers filed a lawsuit for assault, battery and false imprisonment as well as sexual battery. That case is still pending.
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