US DJ Diplo denies allegations of sexual misconduct as criminal charges loom
EDM artist Diplo has denied allegations of sexual misconduct that could lead to criminal charges brought by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
In a statement provided to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Diplo’s attorney accused a woman, who claims she was sexually assaulted by the DJ and producer, of launching “a relentless campaign of harassment against” the musician, whose name is legal is Thomas Wesley Pentz.
According to BuzzFeed News, a 25-year-old woman filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Police Department in October 2020 accusing Pentz of recording and distributing sexually explicit videos without her consent, as well as knowingly infecting her with the chlamydia.
The city’s district attorney’s office told BuzzFeed this week that following a police investigation into the woman’s allegations, it was considering accusing the “Electricity” hitmaker of invasion of privacy and giving intentionally to someone a sexually transmitted infection.
Representatives of the city attorney’s office and the LAPD did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for comment on Wednesday.
“More lies from the same troubled individual who has been stalking and threatening Wes, his family and friends for years,” Bryan Freedman, attorney for Pentz, told The Times in a statement.
“As is known, this person tried to extort millions of dollars from Wes and, after refusing to pay him a dime,… peddled his lies across the country in a desperate attempt to harm Wes and those that he loves, but she will not succeed.
The allegations made in the complaint filed last year with the LAPD correspond to the allegations described in a separate lawsuit filed in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Court documents accused the Grammy winner, 42, of soliciting a complainant for sex when she was underage, raping her and knowingly passing her STIs. When the Los Angeles woman, who dated Pentz, opened up about her “abusive behavior”, according to the complaint, Pentz “retaliated against her by posting photos of [her private parts] on social networks without their consent.
Diplo is a powerful figure in the music industry who has collaborated with Justin Bieber, Sia, Britney Spears, Bad Bunny, Madonna, Usher and many more.
The woman named in the costume “fell into Diplo’s cycle of abuse,” it read. “For years, DIPLO got angry … and belittled her if she didn’t give in to his demands. He would turn it on with gas and make her believe that it was her fault if he was upset or that she did not please him. …
“He knew she was an impressionable and vulnerable young woman, because he had looked after her since she was a teenager. DIPLO knew that [she] would do whatever DIPLO asked him to forgive him.
After the woman obtained a temporary injunction against Pentz in November 2020, the DJ sued her for stalking, trespassing and distributing private material. Artist’s complaint “Thunderclouds” describes her as a “relentless and unstable fan” who “entered Pentz’s life in an attempt to obtain intimate and personal information about her in order to gain notoriety and notoriety. with friends, media and social networks. Next. “
Court documents also accused the woman of using social media accounts to send “sexually explicit photographs and videos of Pentz to her friends and family”, as well as posting a nude photo of the musician on her Instagram page. and to broadcast “false and offensive. rumors about him online. Pentz obtained a temporary restraining order against the woman.
This isn’t the only time Pentz has been accused of sexual misconduct. During her appearance on the “Cheapys Two Cents” podcast last year, rapper Azealia Banks claimed she was intimate with Diplo when she was 17 and accused him of constantly “preying on young girls. ethnic “.
In July, another woman sued the record producer for allegedly forcing her to perform a sex act and recording it without his consent, according to TMZ.
In a statement to TMZ, Freedman dismissed the lawsuit as “completely outrageous” and “extremely false” while accusing the plaintiff of cooperating with the other aforementioned accuser in carrying out a smear campaign against his client.
“We have irrefutable evidence that this is a totally unfounded claim and we will provide it to a court as quickly as possible to end this crisis by [another accuser] and his accomplices once and for all, ”Freedman told TMZ.