Brooklyn rapper Medhane has responded to allegations of sexual assault made against him, which recently surfaced on social media.
Earlier this week, the Instagram account badwisdomfromtito accused the rapper of being “manipulative” and “forcing himself onto women,” according to Brooklyn Vegan. The user later claimed that “it’s not my story to tell but I can vouch that there is a pattern with this man.”
In a statement released on Tuesday (July 28), Medhane admitted to “emotional abuse” and “problematic” behavior towards a woman he was in a sexual relationship with. “I have since attempted to make amends with this young woman to no avail,” he wrote. “After her tweet in which she called me a rapist, I reached out to her to try to understand how I made her feel and what I could do to mend the hurt. She didn’t respond.”
Medhane continued: “With the tweets and retweets by individuals of this accusation, I must respond even though to do so puts me in the position of saying a young woman is misrepresenting a sexual encounter.
“Speaking poorly of a woman after you have sex with her is wrong and I accept the repercussions of that behavior, as it is indeed emotionally abusive,” he added.
However, Medhane denied being a sexual predator, going on to further explain his relationship with the woman. “This narrative of me being a sexual predator is complete bs,” the rapper wrote. Read his full statement below.
— Medhane (AFB) (@mehdonny) July 28, 2020
Medhane’s frequent collaborator MIKE has also spoken out on the allegations. The Bronx rapper wrote on his Instagram story that he’s “notified about the situation [and] has been holding [Medhane] accountable and letting him know he’s responsible [for] hurting this woman.” “I think anybody that loved or cared for him or has love and care for people should do the same,” MIKE added, per Pitchfork.
In the wake of the allegations, Medhane associate Slauson Malone posted a message on Twitter explaining he had “separated myself musically from Medhane and colleagues because of opposing beliefs and practices.” He continued, “I was commercially exploited, gaslit and then ostracized when trying to enact ‘community’ accountability.”
“I don’t want to conflate the gravity of my personal experience with the sufferings of the victim(s),” he wrote. “I’m calling on the dismantling of this scene as we know it because it is unable to hold misogynistic behavior accountable.”
Medhane released his latest project Cold Water in May. It included the track, “I’m Deadass,” and contributions from Jadasea, Maxo, Navy Blue and KeiyA.