Soulja Boy’s former assistant is accusing the rapper of rape and other forms of abuse in a new lawsuit.
The woman, who filed the suit as ‘Jane Doe,’ claims Soulja held her hostage, subjected her to a hostile work environment, and failed to pay her.
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 Boy can’t stay out of trouble, can he?