A woman who worked as Soulja Boy's former personal assistant has accused the rapper of multiple instances of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles and obtained by PEOPLE.
The woman, who filed as "Jane Doe," also claims Soulja, 30, held her hostage, subjected her to a hostile work environment and failed to pay her wages she earned.
When the woman started working for the musician (né DeAndre Cortez Way) in December 2018, she says he expected her to be available at all times to clean, cook, chauffeur, style his hair and perform personal assistant tasks for him, she claims in the lawsuit. In return, Soulja allegedly agreed to pay her $500 a week for her services, which often required her attention 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, she alleges in the suit.
After less than a month of employment, the woman says Soulja began sending "unsolicited pictures of his penis." Though a brief consensual relationship developed, it soon turned violent, the lawsuit alleges.
Starting around Jan. 23, 2019, the woman claims Soulja subjected her to bouts of jealousy and uncontrolled rage. She also says he kicked, body-slammed and punched her, including repeatedly in the head on "ten separate occasions," and threatened physical harm. On one occasion, the woman says he punched her so hard in the head that she "lost consciousness."
Soulja Boy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the lawsuit, Soulja would "become enraged" if the woman got comments on her Instagram page or if her phone rang. After another violent instance, she says he threatened her saying, "I should have killed you."
That February, Soulja sexually assaulted her for the first time, she alleges. Afterward, she says he expressed remorse and offered her $1,000. But the abuse continued, she says, and "on numerous occasions, and sometimes twice in the same day, [he] would inappropriately touch [her] body, forcefully pull her pants off, and rape her."
When the woman attempted to leave, she says Soulja locked her in her room "without hot water" for three days "until she was coerced into not leaving."
In August 2020, Soulja attacked the woman "so hard that she thought she was going to die," she says. When she regained consciousness on the grass outside of his home, she says she fled without any of her belongings.
When she returned to collect them in September or October, Soulja raped her again, she alleges. Even when she returned with law enforcement to retrieve her possessions, he refused entry. She said she was left without her belongings, and she did not receive pay for most of the 18 months she was employed.
In a statement to PEOPLE, the woman's lawyer, Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers, said Soulja's alleged treatment has "traumatized and filled her with fear."
"His abuse imprisoned her physically, mentally and emotionally," Rahmani told PEOPLE. "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 comes a year and a half after the "Crank That" rapper was released from jail after three months behind bars for violating probation.
Soulja's legal woes began in 2014 when he was arrested on charges of carrying a loaded gun in public, according to USA Today. He received probation in the case, which was reportedly extended in December 2016 after he was arrested again and found to be in possession of another firearm.
He pleaded no contest in April 2017 to two counts of felony weapons possession charges and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. TMZ reported he cut a deal at the time that called for five years of probation and 240 days of community service.
In February 2019, police raided his home to investigate a claim of kidnapping and assault of an ex-girlfriend. While in his home, they allegedly found ammunition, which violated his probation.
Online records show he was arrested that March for probation violations related to the raid, though he was released several hours later on his own recognizance.
Soulja was taken into custody again the following month and received a sentence of 240 days in jail and 265 days of community service for violating probation, according to TMZ.
The judge also ruled that he violated probation by allegedly trying to falsify evidence that would prove he completed the mandatory community service he was sentenced to, The Blast reported.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.
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