Iamsu! & Jay Ant Deny 'Defamatory' Rape, Sexual Assault Allegations
Rapper Iamsu! and affiliate Jay Ant, both part of The HBK Gang hip-hop collective, are refuting an anonymous woman's claims of rape and sexual assault that allegedly took place during the 2013 MAGIC fashion trade show in Las Vegas.
The woman made her accusations public via a Google Doc shared Thursday (Nov. 9).
"This is something that has been weighing on me for the last 4 years and now I am strong enough to speak on it because I no longer feel ashamed," she began.
The author went on to describe leaving a club with one of her friends, Iamsu! (full name Sudan Ameer Williams), Jay Ant and others: "I knew JayAnt since I was in about 7th grade," she said, and Iamsu! "knew my cousins and did business with them in fashion. I figured I was in the safe zone for a sexual attack."
She wrote that they went to smoke together in a large hotel room bathroom, where the woman says "in front of everyone Su had pulled off my tube top, pulled down my pants and pushed me in the shower where he tried to corner me."
"I left the bathroom and Su followed behind me. I remember me saying No and him still proceeding to push and pull on me ripping off my tube top once again, lifting me up onto the bed as I tried to push him off me and he pulled down my pants… I knew I was powerless," she wrote.
"I remember trying to push him off of me and I just blacked out," she said. "I remember waking up randomly and seeing different things happening to me. At one point I woke up and JayAnt had my lifeless body laid over the bed, violating me in front of a group of men. I felt like a rag doll being pushed against that bed. I’m pretty sure that’s what woke me up, the feeling of my face being pushed back and forth into the bed. I blacked out again in disbelief. I felt dead. I couldn’t believe I woke up to someone who I felt I knew for years sexually abusing me and it hurt even more because there were just people there, watching them take something from someone who wasn’t even conscious."
She continued: "I woke up again and this time I woke up to Iamsu on top of me like this fool was actually enjoying fucking someone who was essentially ASLEEP, dead, blacked out, UNABLE TO AND DID NOT CONSENT."
The woman said she ran into Iamsu! again, two years later, and approached him about the events she recalled. She alleged that "this man just laughed and told me 'DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY GIRLS HAVE SAID I RAPED THEM.'"
Following the accusations, Iamsu! emailed the following statement to The Fader: "It was brought to my attention that someone had posted a evil vicious lie. However I am comforted in no weapon formed against me shall prosper. I believe that her using the hashtag #metoo and saying such a hurtful lies takes merit away from the courageous men and women who have recently been brave enough to speak towards sexual abuse. Her motive is suspect and her behavior is deplorable, and she is either an opportunist or emotionally unstable. Either one I will not allow for a person's false statements and lies to go unaddressed. Its unfortunate that someone would take such a serious issue of rape and lie about it. Her statements are defamatory, slanderous, and downright evil. So once again the issue of rape is real, I love the women in my life and I respect all people. All her statements are untrue. The person has been notified by certified mail to remove it immediately or my team will be forced to take legal actions. I have never had sex with this women not that night or any night. Get behind me Satan in the name of Jesus, I serve a mighty God!!!"
Jay Ant also issued a statement: "I don't quite understand how masculinity can be taken advantage of so easily, false accusations like these seem to happen to men way more than ever in 2017, and when it does, the 'social media' audience seems to not really want to give the man an opportunity to defend himself properly. I hope to be able to harness this situation up for young men and women to learn from and spread awareness on how to prevent these type of things from happening to them, also if you believe any of these accusations against me, you don't know me, and if one does not know me, it's impossible have an informed opinion about this situation. With that said, I've never had any kind of sexual interaction with her. I've never had sex with her PERIOD. However, I am praying for her."
Billboard reached out to Iamsu! and Jay Ant's reps for comment but did not hear back at time of publishing.