#USA Diplo is awarded $1.2M by LA court from woman he had sexual encounter with over harassment claims #USNews
Diplo was awarded greater than $1.2 million from a woman he mentioned had harassed him incessantly after the 2 had a one-night stand.
The DJ-producer, 43, had sued the woman, whose identify is Shelly Auguste, in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming she had threatened to launch revenge porn and repeatedly made undesirable contact with his kid’s mom and different relations.
The Tupelo, Mississippi native, in response to court docs reviewed by TMZ, is requesting the court rubber stamp the overall, which allots for court prices and different associated damages.
The newest: Diplo, 43, was awarded greater than $1.2 million from Shelly Auguste, a woman he mentioned had harassed him incessantly after the 2 had a one-night stand
Attorneys for Diplo, whose actual identify is Thomas Wesley Pentz, dubbed Auguste an ‘obsessive and unstable fan’ who was searching for to exploit a consensual one-time sexual encounter in 2019 with the DJ for financial acquire. They mentioned, ‘Her fifteen minutes of fame are actually over.’
Diplo mentioned that after their relationship went astray, Auguste repeatedly despatched inappropriate messages and nudes she had of him to him and his relations.
Diplo mentioned that he bought his home in an effort to flee Auguste’s advances, and either side utilized for restraining orders in opposition to the others.
Bryan Freedman, a lawyer for the musical artist, instructed TMZ, ‘We are all extraordinarily happy for Wes (Diplo) and his household. What occurred right here is easy. The arbitrator checked out all of the details. She evaluated the proof impartially. And justice prevailed.’
Speaking out: Shelley Auguste first filed a report in opposition to Diplo’s sexual misconduct in October 2020
Last October, Diplo spoke out in opposition to Auguste, claiming she was an ‘obsessed fan’ who harassed him for months on social media platforms.
The famed DJ responded to the truth that he may face expenses after Auguste claimed he gave her a sexually transmitted illness and recorded her whereas they had intercourse with out her permission, earlier than allegedly sharing the clips with his buddies.
Auguste had made the felony grievance to the Los Angeles Police Department in October 2020.
Meanwhile, the musician took to Instagram to handle the allegations, claiming the woman in query was ‘an obsessed fan’ of his.
‘I’ll preserve this story simple to learn as a result of I do know the web has a brief consideration span, and it was my purpose to by no means tackle a stalker. I’ll discuss with her as ‘SA’ (and you’ll find something simply on-line) she was an obsessed fan of mine, and after I relinquished all contact with her, it seems that her solely objective in life has been to disrupt my work, my enterprise, harass me and my shut mates and assault me and threaten my household,’ his publish started.
‘To be clear, SA was not a minor once I had conversations or sexual intercourse with her. Her personal textual content messages admit this.’
Speaking out: Diplo took to Instagram on final 12 months to handle the allegations, claiming the woman in query was ‘an obsessed fan’ of his
Fighting again: He addressed the allegations, claiming the woman in query was ‘an obsessed fan’ of his in a prolonged publish
In his personal phrases: Diplo mentioned he blocked a number of of the woman’s social media accounts
‘Obsessive’: The performer added that his accuser created a number of faux social media accounts through which to harass him and his household
The performer went on to name the encounter consensual whereas including that the woman despatched photographs and movies to him for a couple of months after the tryst, whereas including that he was compelled to dam the accuser’s a number of faux social media accounts through which she used to harass him and his household.
‘I had an evening of consensual intercourse with her. Basically, SA reached out to me and I declined a couple of instances however at one time determined to satisfy her. After that have, we had exchanged texts for a couple of months, there was small speak, sexual flirting, she would ship me pics and movies.’
‘Eventually it received an excessive amount of to deal with and, I ended contact with her once I realized she had began to develop into obsessed with me, it started a nightmare of just about three years of her harassing and threatening me my household and my mates.’
Diplo went on to allege his accuser was ‘partaking in felony exercise’ earlier than calling her a potential ‘name woman.’
‘SA would provide her mates and different folks to have sexual experiences with, and that’s once I started to get suspicious that she was partaking in felony exercise, and was presumably a name woman. Here are a number of the texts over the course of months ..’
Deranged: He acknowledged that his ex’s being pregnant with their third son ‘actually threw her over the sting,’ and claimed the accuser used racist language in threatening texts despatched to his ex, who was black
Context: Diplo posted screenshots to corroborate his prolonged Instagram rationalization because the LA metropolis legal professional’s workplace considers transferring ahead with felony expenses in opposition to him
Legal motion: He added that he filed a civil lawsuit of his personal in April of this 12 months
Pictured: Screenshots Diplo supplied in his Instagram publish in an effort to clear his identify from sexual misconduct accusations
The famed DJ added that she continued to ‘name and textual content me day and night time on totally different numbers and WhatsApp. She started to return to my home once I wasn’t there. one time I simply hid in my neighbor’s home and ignored her. I don’t assume she may bodily hurt me however I used to be afraid she was going to hurt herself,’ his publish learn.
‘We all the time took the excessive highway when dealing with her. We tried to deal with her in court and assist her discover assist. Our detective had discovered she had a earlier restraining ordered in opposition to her in Florida (extra on this later) after we rounded up a lot of her faux accounts.’
‘She denied having any faux accounts and mentioned her mates have been out to get her and pretending to be her…?? nothing was making sense and I actually was getting apprehensive she may very well be this delusional.’
His accuser, who has not been named by the LAPD or prosecutors, supplied the small print of the allegations which matched with these made by his ex, Auguste, who has beforehand gone on the report with her claims.
To the press: He accused her of collaborating with ‘tabloid journalists to position intentionally deceptive and defamatory articles about me’ he wrote
Par for the course: For his half, Diplo’s Instagram response chalked the allegations as much as being a star, and that such ‘unsubstantiated claims’ come with the territory
‘When I used to be anticipating my third son, it actually threw her over the sting, she grew to become obsessed with my son’s mom simply as a lot as she was with me, calling and berating her and sending extraordinarily racist feedback to her and sharing my textual content messages from years in the past,’
‘The mom of my first two kids had already deactivated her Instagram account as a result of she couldn’t take all of the hate mail coming from what we consider to be SA’s faux accounts (and once more this is her blaming folks for making these faux accounts to assault my relations).’
He went on to accuse the woman of collaborating with ‘tabloid journalists to position intentionally deceptive and defamatory articles about me’ he wrote.
However, the allegations in opposition to him may very properly flip into felony expenses regardless of his prolonged Instagram response, in response to the Los Angeles metropolis legal professional’s workplace.
‘We are reviewing the referral and don’t have any additional remark at the moment,’ mentioned Rob Wilcox, a spokesperson for the LA metropolis legal professional, mentioned of the allegations.
Diplo, whose actual identify is Thomas Wesley Pentz, was sued by Auguste for sexual battery, defamation and fraud in October 2020, and has repeatedly denied the allegations that August, 25, has made in opposition to him.
She has additionally accused him of raping her at a Las Vegas lodge room after certainly one of his live shows, though that allegation doesn’t type a part of the felony grievance in opposition to him.
That civil submitting accuses Diplo of sexual battery, assault, defamation and fraud. Auguste mentioned she got here ahead after Diplo employed a non-public investigator to contact her and ‘scare’ her out of sharing ‘disgusting particulars’ she knew about him.
‘Gaslighter’: She shared her accusations in opposition to the movie star DJ on Twitter and Instagram after Diplo fired a non-public investigator to scare her, she claims
In the go well with, Auguste claims the performer first contacted her on Twitter when she was simply 17 and ‘solicited nude photographs of her.’
They went on to trade ‘express’ photos ‘earlier than assembly in individual for the primary time in 2018, when she was 21.’ She claims that after she moved to Los Angeles ‘Diplo actually started pressuring her for intercourse by sending unsolicited graphic photographs of himself in sexual conditions.’
The court paperwork additionally alleged that after Auguste confronted Diplo concerning the rumors he had herpes, he ‘lower off all communication’ with her.
But after they reconciled, a 12 months later, in 2019, she claims ‘she gave in to the strain and misplaced her virginity to Diplo.’
She additionally alleges he ‘recorded video of their sexual encounter regardless of her telling him she did not need that’ and tried to ‘coax her right into a threesome with a woman she believes was underaged on the time.’
After Auguste declined the threesome, she says he ‘compelled himself on her as she tried to combat him off.’
Not lengthy after, she says she ‘was identified with chlamydia’ and ‘believes she received it from Diplo as a result of she says he was her solely sexual accomplice on the time.’
His facet: Diplo has admitted to having sexual relations with Auguste however claims that she has become a obsessive stalker, his claims mirror people who she made first in a submitting for a short lived restraining order
In her authentic submitting, Auguste provides: ‘I used to be caught off guard and shocked when Respondent despatched me unsolicited movies of him partaking in intercourse with different females in or about October of 2018.
‘I sternly instructed Respondent that I didn’t need him to ever report us partaking in sexual actions.’
After claiming to have been contacted by a non-public investigator employed by the DJ the woman says she felt ‘threatened and intimidated’.
In her Twitter thread detailing the allegations on October 26, Auguste alleged that Diplo took express footage of her with out her consent, writing: ‘I SPECIFICALLY requested him not too & his reply was ‘f*** it. I’m recording this.”
She additionally claimed he employed a non-public investigator to contact her after they received in an argument – saying that he needed to ‘scare’ her so she would not share the ‘disgusting particulars’ she knew about him.
‘The non-public investigator acknowledged to me that he knew my tackle, he knew my mother and father tackle, he knew my workplace in addition to my mother and father place to work,’ she tweeted.
‘Take that as chances are you’ll however most individuals will take that as a risk.’
In one other tweet Auguste wrote: ‘I by no means had the desire or intention to reveal Diplo being that I didn’t need all of the years I invested into talking & hanging out with him to go in useless….or finish nasty.
‘But I slowly began to comprehend he is an enormous manipulating liar / gaslighter who PREYS younger ladies of ALL races (to be trustworthy) however primarily younger naïve ladies of coloration.’
Pattern: Diplo tweeted about sleeping with women born within the 90s in 2010
Troubling: The DJ has a historical past of creating inappropriate feedback about younger women. Some critics on-line have dubbed him the ‘White R. Kelly’
Diplo’s legal professional, Bryan Freedman mentioned, ‘To be clear, on no account has my shopper violated any legislation. In reality, he has repeatedly made it clear that he desires nothing by any means to do with this individual.’
Auguste first printed the accusations on Twitter in October. Shortly afterwards, a nude picture of her appeared on the positioning that was printed by a consumer she believes was appearing on behalf of the DJ in an try to ‘humiliate’ and silence her.
Auguste efficiently obtained a restraining order to cease the artist from distributing any extra ‘revenge porn’. A choose additionally instructed Diplo to establish anybody he could have despatched the photographs to and to get ‘specific written permission’ from his accuser to additional distribute any photos.
Through his legal professional, Diplo denied the allegations to DailyMail.com on the time, earlier than hitting again with his personal submitting.
He claims Auguste has been publishing nude photos of him throughout social media, along with sending them a few of his ex-lovers, together with the mom of his kids, Kathryn Lockhart. In December, Diplo requested a choose signal a short lived restraining order (TRO) in opposition to Auguste, citing incessant harassment of him and his household.
In his submitting, Diplo claimed he and Shelly first met in 2018, after they instantly started exchanging nude photographs and movies with one another, which he mentioned he anticipated to stay non-public.
The artist additionally conceded within the submitting that he and the woman had intercourse on plenty of totally different events, insisting it was all the time consensual.
However, in some unspecified time in the future in 2020, Diplo mentioned his relations with Auguste soured, which is when he claims she started distributing express photos of each him, and them each collectively, with out his permission.
Previous accusation: Azealia Banks (left) has mentioned that she and Diplo (proper) had intercourse when she was a minor attempting to launch her music profession
Early years: M.I.A. (proper) rose to fame whereas she was courting Diplo (left), who she has accused of being emotionally abusive
In the highlight: Quenlin Blackwell, 19, was questioned by followers when she revealed that she was dwelling with Diplo however claimed that the connection with platonic
Sharing her story: Blackwell launched this assertion the identical month that Auguste filed her police report and Banks spoke publicly about sleeping with Diplo when she was a minor
The allegations made by Diplo strongly resemble these made by Auguste in her submitting.
Correcting different studies, Auguste shared a screengrab on Instagram exhibiting that each restraining orders have been disposed, claiming that each events determined to make a non-public settlement and instructed the courts they didn’t need to proceed.
The Twitter thread stuffed with the allegations of misconduct by Diplo got here as he was hit with backlash over his relationship with 19-year-old TikTookay star Quenlin Blackwell.
Blackwell introduced that she was dwelling with the artist 23 years her senior in a video that went viral as critics remarked that he is approach too previous for her.
She defended herself by saying that Diplo was extra of a father determine to her than a romantic pursuit – as he insisted that they’re solely mates.
That identical month, rapper Azealia Banks made accusations of Diplo’s predatory conduct on the podcast Cheapy’s Two Cents. ‘I used to have intercourse with Diplo once I was 17. Diplo undoubtedly discovered me on f**king Myspace,’ she mentioned.
‘I all the time give him credit score for f**king launching my profession off, however yeah, I had to offer him some teenage p***y to do it. He’s all the time been preying on younger ethnic women.’ Diplo would have been in his early 30s on the time.
Rapper M.I.A., who dated Diplo for 5 years, has accused him of emotional abuse.
Auguste has many tweets and Instagram publish concerning her accusations in opposition to Diplo together with textual content messages she claims have been despatched by the DJ and different accusations in opposition to the DJ from different ladies.
The police investigation and its submission to prosecutors who’re contemplating felony expenses reveals a brand new stage of scrutiny for the allegations made in opposition to the movie star DJ.
For his half, Diplo’s Instagram response chalked the allegations as much as being a star, and that such ‘unsubstantiated claims’ come with the territory.
‘Culture is fast to observe unsubstantiated claims. I’m a public determine and this comes with the territory and I perceive that. I need to add additionally these earlier claims have been dropped or deserted and people details go unreported. This is so irritating and embarrassing. I’m not this individual and I gained’t be extorted by anybody regardless of how stinging the press might be.’
‘Even over the previous 2 years I’ve by no means been bothered by these rumors if something it has made me stronger and smarter, all of my mates and companions have by no means questioned me and that was what has been necessary to me. The folks in my life know me for who I actually am. I’ll proceed to do every thing I can to finish this in probably the most respectful approach however I cannot give in to lies and harassment.’