While running into a few hiccups along the way, Charlamagne Tha God has been prospering overall in his career since forming Power 105’s ‘The Breakfast Club’ with Angela Yee and DJ Envy. Unfortunately, the radio personality is now facing resurfaced rape accusations from over 17 years ago, resulting in a petition to have the shock jock ousted from the country’s top Hip Hop morning show.
“We want to send a powerful message to all of the people who like to prey on innocent children that it’s not going to happen on our watch,” reads the petition, which was posted on Care2. “No matter how much money or influence you have, we will not allow you to hurt our children.”
According to Billboard, the petition was launched the day after Jessica Reid, the woman accusing Charlamagne of raping her at the age of 15, told The Blast that she’d like to re-open a criminal case against him. In South Carolina, there is no statute of limitation for prosecuting the crime of sex with a minor.
Reid’s mother, Joslyn, admits she told her daughter not to cooperate with the prosecution when the case was initially brought forth, making it impossible to convict the podcaster, real name Lenard McKelvey, on the charge he was arrested for, criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Instead, the then 22-year-old pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, receiving three years on probation.
Billboard details the alleged assault below.
“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. “
McKelvey has previously addressed the incident, saying he was falsely accused in an interview with DJ Akademics. In the video, he admits to throwing a party for his teenage cousin, but wasn’t present when the assault occurred, saying the DNA collected from Reid didn’t match his own.
Charlamagne has hired Hollywood hotshot lawyer Marty Singer to defend him against the accusations.
“More than seventeen years ago, Charlamagne was accused of a sexual assault. He never had sexual relations or any physical contact with the accuser and even provided DNA to prove it,” the attorney said in a statement.
“At the time of these claims, Charlamagne cooperated fully with authorities, and after the investigation, this charge against him was dropped.”
“Charlamagne has spoken about this many times over the years in public, including in his book. While Charlamagne has empathy for all sexual assault victims, he cannot take responsibility for a crime he did not commit.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.