The woman who accused Charlamagne tha God of rape in 2001 wants her case reopened.
According to Billboard, the woman – Jessica Reid – accused the show host, whose real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, of raping her when she was only 15, and now, 17 years later, she is seeking legal representation, wants to reopen the case, and also has a new petition demanding his firing from the popular iHeartMedia radio show.
As at yesterday, the Care2 petition had gotten more than 1,700 supporters at time of publishing.
Here’s what Billboard said of the case:
“Reid was only 15 when she first brought the claims against [Charlamagne tha God]– allegations he has denied. Her mother, Joslyn, told The Blast that at the time, she was trying to protect her daughter from suffering and stopped the teenager from cooperating in the prosecution.
McKelvey was ultimately found guilty of a lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to three years of probation.
South Carolina — where the incident took place — has no statute of limitations on criminal prosecution.
According to a 2001 police report from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Reid and a friend claimed to have been picked up and brought to a short-stay Naval housing facility and given a liquid to drink that tasted like soda. That was the last thing Reid’s friend said she remembered before waking up with a man trying to kiss her. She claimed to have forced the man away and went to find Reid, who was in the room across from where she was, naked and crying, stating she had been raped. The girls were brought to a local hospital, where staff corroborated that a sexual assault had occurred and took a statement implicating McKelvey as the assailant.
Nearly a month later, McKelvey — who was 22 at the time — was arrested for criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree, specifically, “willfully, unlawfully and feloniously engage in penile/vaginal intercourse with a fifteen year old female child.”
McKelvey has previously discussed the charges against him. In an interview with DJ Akademiks, he said he had thrown the party where the alleged rape took place but left early. He said that he spoke to police following the incident, since it had been his party, but since they didn’t have any other suspects they pinned it on him. He added that police DNA tests didn’t even match and that is why they reduced the charges.”
We can’t wait to see how this pans out.