A woman claims in a new lawsuit that the bodyguard of rapper Rick Ross raped and drugged her back in February.
The New York Daily News reported that the alleged victim first met Ross’ bodyguard, Thaddeus James, back in 2013 when she was trying to secure a job with the Florida rapper.
The victim said she accompanied Ross and his entourage to an event in February and that James offered her champagne at some point in the night. She says James turned away from her while he poured the drink, leading her to believe she was drugged at that point.
“It is at this time that defendant [James] drugged plaintiff’s beverage,” the lawsuit alleges.
The woman says she blacked out for the rest of the ride and was ushered to James’ hotel room while “completely disoriented.”
She claims she finally regained consciousness the next morning in James’ hotel room, noticed her clothes were out-of-place and found evidence she had been raped and sodomized.
According to the lawsuit, the woman has “flashes of memory of what happened that night,” including fleeting memories of James closing the door, being next to her in the bed and “smacking her buttocks.”
The woman says she named Ross and his company Maybach Music Group in her lawsuit because the environment there helped “foster drug use” and abuse to women.
Ross issued a statement, saying that while he has no direct knowledge of the event, he does indeed employ James as an independent contractor.
Ross also said, “And while I am not directly involved or implicated, as a man and a father, I take this very seriously. I don’t believe any woman’s safety should be compromised and she should never be forced to do anything outside of her will, regardless of the circumstances.”
The woman is seeking general and punitive damages to be decided at trial at a later date.
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