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XXXTentacion has the number one album with "?" but new domestic violence accusations overshadow the rising star.
A newly-circulated video appears to show the 20-year-old striking a woman, as Billboard reports. That victim is now speaking out, amid claims by the rapper that the video is not what it seems.
In the video, the rapper (real name Jahseh Onfroy) is seen hitting a woman. A person by the name "Lilbcupp" on Instagram has come forward to identify herself as the victim in the video. She went on Instagram Stories to say that she never came forward with the abuse allegations because she was "terrifed" for her life.
XXX's legal team says that the video is old and is not violent.
"The video is obviously posed and in jest. We have been advised that it was posted by this 'terrified' woman several years ago, not just recently. The difference is that Jahseh is now a famous performer and songwriter. Draw your own conclusions," lawyers tell Pitchfork.
She denies this assertion and posted the video along with the caption, "“tHeY wErE jUsT pLaYiNg."
It is unclear when the video was shot and if Lilbcupp is indeed the person seen in it.
Despite professional success—including having the number one album in the country, according to Billboard—XXX has battled legal issues for previous domestic abuse claims. On Wednesday, he was granted his request to be let off house arrest, as TMZ reported. He will submit to monthly drug tests and report his travel. His attorney, David Bogenschutz, told TMZ that the legal team is happy with this decision. He believes that XXX's performance in the last few months is what the judge based the decision upon.
"Hopefully these are the first steps towards complete freedom," he said.
The legal team initially filed for release from house arrest so that XXX could tour and promote his new album "?" His team claimed that he "desperately requires" his touring income to "stay afloat."
The charges stem from a 2016 domestic abuse case that involved the alleged assault of a woman he was dating. In that incident, he is charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering. The details of an alleged pattern of abuse were shared from legal documents by Pitchfork.
He has pleaded not guilty and denied the charges in various interviews, Pitchfork added. In December, a court document was filed in which the victim allegedly claimed that she could not testify against X, according to TMZ. At that time, prosecutors questioned the validity of the statement and even if true, they would proceed with the case regardless.
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