DJ Olivia Dope delivered an almost 30 minute video to accuse Joe Budden of sexual harassment.
“I am doing this video today to finally explain my departure from the See, The Thing Is podcast as well as the Joe Budden Network,” she begins, before explaining her hope that her message will be heard by those who have faced similar experiences.
“On Jan. 18, 2021, Joe Budden sat in on a recording of the female-led podcast I was a part of and continuously made sexual, suggestive remarks to me that made me extremely uncomfortable as well as fearful of dampening the mood if I didn’t laugh along while he made those sexual remarks to me,” she states. “Those moments not only live on the internet forever, but it also forced me into the decision of quitting the podcast.”
“It was traumatizing, embarrassing, and I’ve decided that I have to speak up,” she continues. “Not only was it important for me to walk away from it, but it’s important to heal myself and probably help others in the future. This probably wouldn’t be the best situation to enter into, working with this person.”
One of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to express in my life. The healing begins now.
— Olivia Dope (@oliviadope) May 17, 2021
A twitter post started circulating with the incident. “It’s unbeknownst to me until I actually watch back the episode that he was moving his hips while he was hugging me,” she states. “I laugh uncomfortably because I don’t know what else to do at that point. Everyone else is kind of chuckling, and I sit back down.” She notes that she made it clear she was uncomfortable, stating as much later on in the episode.
When Olivia Dope said during the hug Joe Budden asked for, he was moving his hips I had to go see for myself.. and what the fuck. This is at the end of the podcast after making sexual comments about her throughout the episode. This is her boss??? I’d quit too pic.twitter.com/FS12BuiGVU
— astro tingz (@saturnbestie) May 17, 2021
“I am mortified that when you search Olivia Dope, the brand I have spent ten years building, that comes up,” she continues. “I am mortified that after I quit, I had to have a heart-to-heart conversation with the child I gave birth to, because she can find it on the internet, her friends can find it on the internet, her teachers, and say that’s your mother being belittled and sexually harassed and called a bitch.”
Joe Budden has yet to respond to the allegations. Over the last week, Joe Budden had issues with his co-hosts which led to the founder of the podcast firing his squad.
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