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Soulja Boy sued by former PA over allegations of assault and abuse

By | Published on Friday 22 January 2021

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Soulja Boy has been sued by a former personal assistant who claims that the rapper physically and sexually abused and assaulted her after she entered into a romantic relationship with him.

In the lawsuit, the unnamed accuser says that she started working for Soulja Boy – real name DeAndre Way – in late 2018, in a role that included cooking, cleaning and driving for the musician.

It’s alleged that within a month of her taking on the job, Way started to act in an inappropriate way, including sending her unsolicited photos of his penis. The two then began a romantic relationship in January 2019, after which he became increasingly abusive and ultimately violent.

The lawsuit says that Way punched, kicked, spat at, threatened and sexually assaulted his accuser throughout their relationship. It also describes specific violent incidents, including one in August last year which left her unconscious.

She says that following that incident she woke on the lawn outside Way’s home and quickly fled. Subsequent attempts to retrieve her belongings from his property resulted in further threats and violence.

Among other things, Way is accused of assault, sexual battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress, as well as various complaints relating to his accuser’s employment agreement, which Way is accused of breaching.

The lawyer representing Way’s accuser told The Blast: “[Soulja Boy]’s treatment of our client, as an employee and as a person who deserves respect, has traumatised 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”.

Responding to the lawsuit, a spokesperson for the rapper told TMZ: “Soulja would never put his hands on a female – he wouldn’t beat a woman or put his hands on a woman … this is nonsense”.