Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli is known within the hip hop community as a pretty stand up guy, and he’s willing to fight for his reputation amid some serious allegations being thrown his way.
The “Get By” rapper is reportedly suing a site called Turtleboy Sports for defamation after making repeated claims that he raped a 14-year-old girl, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.
According to the lawsuit, Turtleboy Sports tweeted, “Talib Kweli once molested a 10-year-old boy. Read it on the Internet on a site called Buffalo Bruises. Must be true.” Another tweet from the site said, “why did you rape that 14-year-old girl? How much did you pay her to keep quiet.”
Attorneys for the Quality rapper claim that site — which is actually called Buffalo Bruisers — was created by Turtleboy Sports for the sole reason of posting the rape story. In fact, the Kweli story is the only article listed on the site.
The 42-year-old husband and father denies these accusations, saying the false report hurt his tour and has put his record deals at risk. He will be seeking unspecified damages.
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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.