An unidentified woman is suing rap mogul Rick Ross and his bodyguard, accusing Thaddeus James of rape in March 2013.
The rapper and his Maybach Music Group face general and punitive damages for hiring James and fostering “an environment in which drugs and rape were not only tolerated and condoned but encouraged.”
Lawyer Okorie Okorocha, who filed the action Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, false imprisonment, sexual harassment and violation of civil rights.
The accuser claims she was pursuing a job with Ross when the assault took place.
She says James invited her to ride with him and Ross in a private van to the Cannabis Cup marijuana convention in San Bernardino and on the way back to Los Angeles James offered her some liquor but “turned away” while pouring.
“It is at this time that defendant (James) drugged plaintiff’s beverage,” the lawsuit says.
The woman says she blacked out and was taken to James’ hotel room while “completely disoriented.” She claims she finally regained consciousness the next morning in James’ hotel room, noticed her clothes were out of place and found evidence she had been raped and sodomized.
In statement Ross sent to TMZ, he says:
“It has been brought to my attention that serious allegations have been made against an independent contractor, who’s services I use often. And while I am not directly involved or implicated, as a man and a father, I take this very seriously. I don’t believe any woman’s safety should be compromised and she should never be forced to do anything outside of her will, regardless of the circumstances.
“While I personally have no knowledge of the specifics surrounding these allegations, it is my hope that this is rectified quickly and with sensitivity.”
In the song “U.O.E.N.O,” Ross crows about slipping a drug to a woman before sex.
“Put Molly all in her champagne/She ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain’t even know it,” he rapped, referring to the drug MDMA.