Rick Ross has been named in a new lawsuit claiming his bodyguard, drugged and raped a woman in February 2015.
Rapper named in lawsuit claiming bodyguard raped woman
Risck Ross has been sued for sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, false imprisonment, sexual harassment and violation of civil rights.
In her legal documents filed September 22 in Los Angeles County Superior court, the victim named Jane Doe claims Ross' bodyguard, Thaddeus James a.k.a Black raped her after hiring her to serve drinks backstage during one of the rapper's performances in Los Angeles
Jane says Thaddeus met her at a W Hotel in L.A on February 7and invited her to ride with him and Ross in a private van to a marijuana convention called Cannabis Cup in neighboring San Bernardino. The woman said Ross performed at the event, and she was asked by James to procure champagne and glasses for the entertainer backstage.
She said it was in the van on the way back to Los Angeles that James offered her some liquor but "turned away" while pouring.
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"It is at this time that defendant (James) drugged plaintiff's beverage," the lawsuit alleges. The woman says she blacked out for the rest of the ride and was ushered to James' hotel room while "completely disoriented." She claims she finally regained consciousness the next morning in James' hotel room, noticed her clothes were out of place and found evidence she had been raped and sodomized.
In the lawsuit, Jane has "flashes of memory of what happened that night," including fleeting memories of James closing the door, being next to her in the bed and "smacking her buttocks."
The woman then fled to Texas to be with her sister and eventually told her relatives and contacted police, the lawsuit says. Because she fled southern California in such a rush, she has not yet laundered the clothes she wore the day of the alleged assault, so they still "contain DNA evidence of the rape," the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit names Ross and his Maybach Music Group as defendants, arguing they hired James and then "fostered an environment in which drugs and rape were not only tolerated and condoned but encouraged."
The new action was filed by lawyer Okorie Okorocha, who previously took on actor John Travolta with claims he sexually assaulted male masseurs although the anonymous male masseurs later withdrew the claims.
Okorocha's is suing for sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, false imprisonment, sexual harassment and violation of civil rights. It is seeking general and punitive damages to be decided at trial.
Ross is yet to make a statement.
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