Popular radio and TV personality Charlamagne Tha God, born Lenard McKelvey, is in some serious hot water. A new online petition is calling for his firing from The Breakfast Club after rape allegations from 2001 recently came back to the forefront.
As reported by The Blast, Jessica Reid, the woman who accused Charlamagne of rape when she was 15 and he was 22 and they were living in South Carolina, is reportedly seeking new legal representation to reopen the criminal case:
Prosecutors said on the morning of June 9, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the victim’s mother, who had been told her daughter was sexually assaulted. The 15-year-old girl was transported to the local hospital where examinations by doctors corroborated her story that a sexual assault had occurred. The hospital also obtained a statement from the girl implicating Charlamagne in the alleged assault.
Reid and a friend were reportedly intoxicated after being picked up from a nearby residence, and claimed someone gave them something to drink that they said “tasted like soda”:
Reid’s friend said the last thing she remembered was waking up “with a man trying to kiss her.” She told the officer she fought the man off, and then found Reid “in the room across from where she was, naked and crying stating that she had been raped.” The girl then called her mom, who called 911.
Since this information about the case came out, and the plans to reopen it surfaced, a petition on Care2 was created, pushing for Charlamagne to be fired from The Breakfast Club. It has 6,715 supporters at the time of publication.
South Carolina has no statute of limitations on criminal prosecution, meaning that despite it being almost two decades since the incident happened, Reid can still pursue legal action. In the initial case, Charlamagne was found guilty of a lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to three years of probation. Reid, for her part, said that she ultimately wants closure to the assault that she says changed her life forever.
Others have also been sharing numerous interviews and statements made by the radio personality that speak on problematic behavior when it comes to his relationships with women.
In one from 2015 on The Brilliant Idiots, he talks about knowingly putting Spanish Fly in a woman’s drink and having sex with her when she wasn’t coherent, also while living in South Carolina.
“I got this girl real drunk and we f–ked. I didn’t just get her drunk. I went to the sex store and got Spanish Fly. I put the Spanish Fly in the E J we were drinking,” he said. “She was drunk and sh-t and we had sex and sh-t. And a lot of my boys was trying to come in the room and f–k her. I m like ‘Nah, chill out, we’re not doing that. I’m not going to let you run a train on her. That’s rape.’ The next morning she wakes up and we talk about it. She’s like, ‘What happened?’ We had sex. She said, ‘Ok, well I’m glad it was you.’”
When one of his co-hosts pretty much told him it was rape, he disagreed.
“I did not rape her because me and her had every intention of having sex with each other,” he said. But he also admitted she wasn’t 100% there.
“She was one of those drunks who wasn’t coherent,” he said, “but she was up.”
And in a past VLADTV interview, he also nonchalantly stated that “we all done put our hands on our chick at some point” when speaking on Chris Brown’s assault of Rihanna.
One could argue that Charlamagne’s brand is to say the most outrageous things possible to garner a reaction, and that may very well be true. However, it could also be argued that his comments and outlook show a pattern when it comes to his treatment of women.
In response to the online petition and past allegations, Charlamagne has lawyered up with Marty Singer and Michael Weinstein. In a statement, they said to TMZ, “More than seventeen years ago, Charlamagne was accused of a sexual assault. He never had sexual relations or any physical contact with the accuser and even provided DNA to prove it.”
“At the time of these claims, Charlamagne cooperated fully with authorities, and after the investigation, this charge against him was dropped,” they added. “Charlamagne has spoken about this many times over the years in public, including in his book. While Charlamagne has empathy for all sexual assault victims, he cannot take responsibility for a crime he did not commit.”
He said of the accusations during another past interview that he was able to beat the charges “because I didn’t do it.” Check out his side of the story below: