Octavian has been dropped by his label Black Butter Records following allegations of abuse made by the French-British rapper’s ex-girlfriend.
As the BBC reported, the label cut ties with the rapper on the eve of the release of his debut album, Alpha, which was due out last Friday.
“We at Black Butter have taken the decision not to continue working with Octavian and we will not be releasing his album,” a label spokesperson said.
“We do not condone domestic abuse of any kind and we have suggested Octavian seeks professional help at this time.”
As The Guardian reported, Octavian’s ex-girlfriend recently made a series of posts on social media accusing the rapper of physical, verbal and psychological abuse, which she said began in April when she became pregnant with his child. She shared photos of injuries she claimed were due to Octavian’s abuse, and videos she said were of the rapper attacking and threatening her.
In a now-deleted video and text posts on Instagram Stories, Octavian denied the allegations, Pitchfork reported, saying “we’re gonna deal with it legally, gonna deal with it properly,” and calling the accusations “biggest deformation [sic] of character. In history.”
Besides Black Butter Records, multiple publicity firms have severed ties with Octavian over the allegations. These include UK firms Technique Publicity and Pattern Publicity, as well as “Octavian’s US press team,” according to Pitchfork.