A woman who formerly worked as Soulja Boy’s personal assistant has sued the rapper for sexual misconduct and battery.
In the lawsuit, the woman said she started working for Soulja Boy, whose real name is DeAndre Way, in 2018, and that the rapper started physically and verbally abusing her the following year. Only identified as Jane Doe, the woman claimed that the abuse continued until 2020, as The Guardian reports.
She alleges that Way had first sent her unsolicited pictures of his penis and later became progressively violent towards her. Doe accuses the rapper of punching, spitting, threatening and kicking her, among other acts of abuse, Pitchfork reported. She also claims that Way had locked her up in a room “for three days against her will” and raped her repeatedly.
“[Soulja Boy]’s treatment of our client, as an employee and as a person who deserves respect, has traumatized and filled her with fear,” Doe’s lawyer Neama Rahmani said in a statement. “His abuse imprisoned her physically, mentally and emotionally. When she mustered the courage to flee, he impoverished her. His exploitation severely hampered our client’s ability to re-establish herself in the workplace and in society. We believe he should be held accountable.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Way never paid Doe for the work done during her employment. She is currently seeking damages and a jury trial, according to Pitchfork.
A spokesperson for Soulja Boy has since denied the allegations, telling TMZ that the rapper “would never put his hands on a female.” “He wouldn’t beat a woman or put his hands on a woman … this is nonsense,” his rep added.
In a separate statement to the publication, Soulja Boy also denied the allegations, saying his lawyers will take legal action “against these lies.”
Soulja Boy returned to music in December with his Swag 3 mixtape, after releasing his King Soulja 9 project in July.