On Wednesday, the then-15-year-old girl that accused Charlamagne Tha God of sexual misconduct more than 17 years ago, is looking to rehash the details of the criminal case, and have it reopened.
In docs obtained by the Blast, the “Breakfast Club” host, whose real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, was arrested in July of 2001 on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the 2nd degree, stemming from an alleged incident that occurred the month before.
In the incident, according to a police report, officials responded to a call about an alleged rape in Charleston, South Carolina. Upon arrival, officials met with two women, both of whom appeared to be drunk. One of the woman, who has since been identified as Jessica Reid was “crying uncontrollably,” as her friend explained that someone “gave them a liquid to drink,” and the last thing she remembered was waking up “with a man trying to kiss her.” When she fought the man off, she said she found Reid “in the room across from where she was, naked and crying stating that she had been raped.”
At the time, prosecutors said Charlamagne “willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously engaged in penile/vaginal intercourse with a fifteen year old female child,” but ultimately felt a conviction would be impossible since Reid was uncooperative. As a result, Charlamagne, who was cooperative with the investigation, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, and was sentenced to 3 years probation. He also submitted a DNA test, at the time to prove his innocence, as he maintained that he did not sexually assault the young girl.
But now, several years later, 32-year-old Reid says she wants reopen the case to get closure, since she has not “been able to get over it.” According to The Blast, Reid’s mother said she stopped her daughter from cooperating to protect her, but now she believes Reid needs the closure to end her “suffering and pain.”
However, the now-superstar radio host is firing back at his accuser, especially since he was already cleared in court.
According to TMZ, Charlamagne has lawyered up, joining forces with attorneys Marty Singer and Michael Weinstein, who have since released a statement on his behalf.
“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 statement read. “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.”