He can't exactly deny it
ASAP Bari is staring down a $1 million sexual assault lawsuit after a video of himself and an associate startling a naked woman, threatening her, and chasing her into a bathroom went viral.
The video shows Bari and his friend barging into a hotel room in London where the woman and another man are sleeping in July 9, 2017.
“You f-cked my assistant, now you are going to f-ck me,” Bari yelled while pulling the sheets of the bed.
The woman yelled back “no” and asked Bari to stop while she ran to the bathroom. As she ran past Bari, he slapped her on the butt and said “Get to the bathroom. I’m going to f-ck you, you are going to suck my d-ck.”
The woman — who filed the suit as Jane Doe — said that she begged Bari to let her go, in court documents received by TMZ. The pair eventually tossed her into the hotel hallway without her clothes, according to Doe. She said she asked the security to call police and when the authorities arrived they deleted the video from Bari’s phone.
How it all started…
TMZ reports that the woman believes the incident stemmed from a rejection the night before. The woman said in her filing that she turned Bari down in a nightclub before the events of the disturbing video.
The subsequent rejection — captured in a graphic video that was largely scrubbed from the internet — netted Bari a $1 million lawsuit for his trouble. Bari probably won’t be able to get out from under these allegations, considering he recorded himself doing it.
No, this isn’t the first time that Bari has faced consequences for that night. Mega-brand Nike cut ties with the rapper pretty much immediately after the video went viral.
An Ongoing Story
The ASAP Mob co-founder is merely the latest man in the hip-hop scene to come under fire for sexual assault allegations. After a model claimed that he sexually assaulted her alongside director Brett Ratner, Russell Simmons was hit with further allegations from screenwriter Jenny Lumet. Lumet shared her experiences with the Def Jam head in the early ‘90s, telling a tale of Simmons forcing himself on her in his apartment.
“’I felt dread and disorientation. I wanted to go home. I said I wanted to go home,” she said in a particularly chilling passage. “I didn’t recognize the man next to me. I didn’t know if the situation would turn violent. I remember thinking that I must be crazy; I remember hoping that the Russell I knew would return any moment.”
Simmons stepped down as the head of Def Jam as a result of the publication of Lumet’s version of events. While he said that he remembered the night differently, he did not deny that he put Lumet in a position where she felt afraid for her safety and potentially unable to refuse his advances.
“While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely apologize,” he said in a statement about leaving Def Jam. ”As the corridors of power inevitably make way for a new generation, I don’t want to be a distraction so I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded.”
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