In October, the Los Angeles beat producer and DJ William Benjamin Bensussen, who records music under the name the Gaslamp Killer, was accused of drugging and raping two women at a party in 2013. Bensussen denied the allegations, claiming that he had a consensual sexual encounter with the two women after they propositioned him, and a month later, he filed defamation lawsuits against both accusers. Now, as Pitchfork reports out, one of those suits has been thrown out by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, who cited RaeAn Medina’s anti-SLAPP motion against him. (SLAPPs are “strategic lawsuit against public participation,” baseless lawsuits used to silence and harass critics.) The other accuser, Chelsea Tadros, also filed an anti-SLAPP motion to strike the defamation suit against her, but the court denied her motion. Tadros’ attorneys have issued the following statement in response to the ruling:
"We are pleased to have prevailed at the first stage of this litigation, the Court having dismissed William Bensussen’s lawsuit against RaeAn Medina in its entirety and a portion of his claims against Chelsea Tadros. As the prevailing parties, Ms. Medina and Ms. Tadros are entitled to payment of attorneys’ fees and costs from Mr. Bensussen.