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Migos’ Takeoff accused of rape

By | Published on Thursday 6 August 2020


A woman has taken legal action against Migos rapper Takeoff accusing him of raping her earlier this year. Legal reps for the woman, who is not named in legal papers, have said that the civil action has been launched in part in an attempt to force the police to take the accompanying criminal case more seriously.

The lawsuit says that the woman and Takeoff – real name Kirshnik Khari Ball – both attended a house party in June. It then claims that, at some point in the evening, he followed her to a bedroom, where he assaulted her after she said that she did not want to have sex with him.

Hours later, she went to hospital where she was examined and observed to have “physical evidence of forceful rape”, and the following day went to the police.

Speaking to The Guardian, Neama Rahmani, an attorney representing the accuser, said that the police’s response to these allegations had been frustrating, adding: “I’ve never seen a case like this. We had to take matters in our own hands and file a civil lawsuit and not wait for the District Attorney’s office. We hope this motivates LAPD to move more aggressively with a criminal case”.

In a statement to TMZ, Takeoff’s attorney Drew Findling strongly denies the accusation of rape, saying: “We have reviewed the allegations and have similarly done our own due diligence. What has become abundantly clear is that the allegations made against Takeoff are patently and provably false. The claims and statements made regarding this lawsuit indicate that the plaintiffs’ representatives have not spoken with relevant witnesses or reviewed available evidence”.

“Takeoff is renowned for his artistic talent as well as his quiet, reserved and peaceful personality”, he continues. “In this instance, those known personality traits have made him a target of an obvious exploitative money grab. As his counsel, we are well aware and well versed on the importance of civil and criminal prosecution of true sexual assaults. This is not one of those situations”.

The lawsuit is seeking damages for sexual battery, assault and emotional distress.