Court documents released on Friday reveal that radio host Charlamagne Tha God’s DNA was not found in the adult sexual assault kit of accuser Jessica Reid.
Reid claims that Charlamagne, whose given name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, raped her in 2001 at a South Carolina house party.
“The Breakfast Club” host was arrested in July 2001 for sexual conduct with a minor in the 2nd degree, according to The Blast. The warrant alleged that Charlamagne did “willfully, unlawfully and feloniously engage in penile/vaginal intercourse with a fifteen year old female child.”
Charlamagne pled guilty to a much lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was sentenced to three years probation, and the case was dropped in 2002.
Rape accusations resurfaced against the radio show host when Reid, who was 15 at the time of the alleged incident, attempted to reopen the case earlier this month, Complex reported.
Charlamagne’s DNA's was found after he voluntarily agreed to submit both semen and blood samples to police, according to lab reports shared by Bossip on July 27. While the tests included oral, vaginal and rectal swabs, no blood or saliva analyses were performed because there were no traces of those fluids found on Reid, Bossip explains.
Charlamagne, who was 22 at the time of the incident, volunteered his samples for the DNA test, and said that he spent most of the night at other parties, according to the police report also shared by Bossip.
“The documents show that I did everything in my power to fully cooperate with authorities before this case was ultimately dismissed,” he said on his radio show on July 27. “And, to be honest with you, the past few weeks have really made me regret, you know, helping to create an environment that allowed something like this to take place.”
Reid now seeks legal representation to file a criminal case because she says she did not get any closure from the incident, according to The Blast.
“There was never any closure,” she told PlugTalk TV, a YouTube show on July 9. “I don’t believe that he ever went to jail. So he never really was held responsible for what he did.”
Her mother did not let her speak against him in court in the immediate aftermath of the incident, Reid said on the show.
“I don’t think people know who he really is,” Reid said. “I just want closure in the whole situation.”
A South Carolina solicitor said on July 12 that the case would not be reopened because Charlamagne Tha God had already reached a plea agreement with the state.
“While the tools and technology of justice have evolved, in cases involving personal violence, the State must have the witnesses to prosecute,” she said in the statement. “Trying a tough case is no problem; trying an impossible case is not ethical.”
Although it has been 17 years since the incident, South Carolina has no statute of limitations against the rape of a minor.
Charlamagne came under fire last week after a resurfaced audio clip discussing his first sexual encounter with his wife shocked many online users.
In a clip shared by The Star Report on July 17, Charlamagne discusses a conversation where he asked his wife Jessica Gadsden if he “raped” her the first time they had sex. She said, “In hindsight...yeah.”
Gadsen called in to “The Breakfast Club” on Tuesday to shut down allegations, saying that the couple had been discussing rape culture, and not rape itself.
“That’s a rape culture thing, that’s not rape, so, when you asked me that question, I was hesitant to answer you because you used the word rape,” said Gadsen to Charlamagne on air.
Charlamagne had to address rape allegations yet again during his show later on in the week.
“I’ve learned a lot about the weight my words have and I’ve been reminded about the responsibility I have to watch the way I talk about issues of sexual assault,” he said on his radio show on July 27 about the allegations by Reid. “I hope this quashes whatever misconceptions people might have about the case.”
[Photo: Charlamagne Tha God in “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.” By Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU/Getty Images]