Soulja Boy has reportedly been sued by his former assistant, who claims he raped her during the time she spent as his employee.
A woman, who has identified herself as “Jane Doe,” filed a legal complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against the Atlanta-bred rapper on Thursday (Jan. 21), claiming that he raped her, held her hostage, subjected her to a hostile work environment and did not pay her wages that she earned.
People magazine reported yesterday that the woman, who began working for the 30-year-old artist in 2018, also alleges that Soulja expected her to be readily available at all times to cook, clean, chauffeur and perform personal assistant duties. Soulja Boy agreed to compensate the woman $500 a week for her services, which reportedly required her undivided attention—20 hours a day, seven days a week.
After working with Soulja Boy, born DeAndre Cortez Way, for less than a month, the anonymous woman claims that she began to receive “unsolicited photos of his penis.” The report notes that they established a brief consensual relationship, which ultimately turned violent.
Around Jan. 23, 2019, the woman says Soulja subjected her to periods of jealousy and uncontrolled rage. She also claims the “Kiss Me Through the Phone” rhymer kicked, body slammed and punched her—including repeatedly in the head on 10 separate occasions—and also threatened to physically harm her. The woman shared one instance in which she was punched in the head so hard that she lost consciousness.
Neama Rahmani, the woman’s attorney, said in a statement, “Way’s treatment of our client, as an employee and as a person who deserves respect, has traumatized and filled her with fear. His abuse imprisoned her physically, mentally and emotionally. When she mustered the courage to flee, he impoverished her. His exploitation severely hampered our client’s ability to re-establish herself in the workplace and in society. We believe he should be held accountable.”
The lawsuit was filed a year-and-a-half after Soulja Boy was released from jail nearly five months early in 2019, after being placed behind bars for probation violation. This is also the second time Soulja Boy has been sued in a year’s time. In January of 2020, the rapper was sued by a woman for assault, battery and false imprisonment stemming from a 2019 incident in which she accuses him and a personal assistant of wrapping her in duct tape in his home for nearly six hours after she wanted to leave.