XXXTentacion's Fans Are Reportedly Harassing His Alleged Victim
XXXTentacion's rapid success in music has been eclipsed by his history of abuse, including his 2016 domestic violence arrest where he faced charges of domestic battery by strangulation, witness tampering, false imprisonment, and more. In a new interview with Miami New Times, XXXTentacion's alleged victim, Geneva Ayala, opened up about the harassment and threats she's apparently received from XXX's fans since coming forward with her story.
Miami New Times writer Tarpley Hitt wrote that Ayala has been subject to cyberbullying, as XXX's fans reportedly hacked Ayala's Twitter account and deleted her Instagram account after several attempts to report her page.
But the harassment wasn't limited to social media, as fans allegedly began to follow Ayala to her job. "I can't even go to the mall or Walmart without being noticed and eyed down," Ayala told Hitt. After working at Dunkin Donuts for three weeks and experiencing threats and harassment from the rapper's fans, Ayala was forced to quit her job.
XXX's fans took their distaste for Ayala a step further and shut down the alleged victim's GoFundMe campaign, which she created to raise money for surgery after XXX allegedly struck her in the face, causing nerve damage and a fracture near her eye. According to Hitt, the GoFundMe page received thousands of dollars -- including a $5,000 donation from XXXTentacion himself -- but GoFundMe froze the account because they "received reports from Onfroy's fans claiming Ayala had misrepresented the cause of her injuries." The campaign has since been reactivated.
Recently, Spotify announced that it would stop promoting music on their popular playlists from artists who have been accused of misconduct and removed XXX and R. Kelly's music from curated playlists. Spotify's new policy caused an uproar among fans and Kendrick Lamar, who threatened to pull his music after Spotify announced its new rules.
Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith spoke to Billboard about the streaming giant's policy, saying, "I don't think it's right for artists to be censored, especially in our culture. How did they just pick those [artists] out? How come they didn't pick out any others from any other genres or any other different cultures? There [are] so many other artists that have different things going on, and they could've picked anybody. But it seems to me that they're constantly picking on hip-hop culture."