Drake filed a lawsuit against Laquana Morris, known as Layla Lace in the adult industry, on Tuesday. According to People, the rapper is seeking damages for civil extortion, fraud, defamation, abuse of process and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Morris alleged that Drake impregnated her and sexually assaulted her in 2017, claims the Toronto rapper vehemently denied.
In court documents obtained by TMZ, Drake said he met Morris in February 2017 in Manchester, England, during a stop for his Boy Meets World Tour. After the concert, he alleged the pair went to his hotel room, where they had consensual and protected sex that she “voluntarily and seemingly happily performed.”
The lawsuit states that she continued texting the rapper in pursuit of a relationship. When he stopped responding to her, she allegedly contacted a mutual friend and said Drake caused her to lose out on a $1,600 flight she purchased to see him again.
In April 2017, Morris supposedly posted and deleted on Instagram, “So, I guess still in this era this is the new thing that after you tell a dude you pregnant they stop answering they phone. I feel so stupid… I never told this man ‘No’ I did everything he told me to do… ((NEVER)) asked him for a dime… But don’t worry ima make sure I make a field day out of your f***ing ass.” She also threatened to leak messages between her and Drake.
The adult star then went on Sirius XM’s Shade 45 and told host Jazzie Belle she was impregnated by the “Woes” rapper, and alleged he cut off communication with her. “It’s 100 percent sure. He knows it. I’m just going to leave it at that. He pretty much was like, ‘I’ll call you back,’ and the phone calls just stopped.”
The following month, Morris allegedly demanded money for the unborn baby and damages from an interview during which Drake claimed not to know her. She refused to take a paternity test, however, which Drake’s legal team made a note of in the current lawsuit.
After that, Morris allegedly accused the global rap star of forcing her to perform oral sex against her will in Manchester. Although the Manchester police cleared Drake, she demanded money to keep silent.
“Drake is refusing to allow Layla to get away with her malicious plot and scheme to extort millions of dollars from him by threatening to go public with salacious (and ever-changing) false allegations of conduct that simply did not happen. … Layla and her attorneys underestimated Drake’s steadfast resolve not to pay hush money to avoid negative publicity arising from fabricated claims. He looks forward to holding Layla and those working in concert with her responsible for her egregious misconduct.”
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