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Guns N’ Roses Front-Man Axl Rose Hit With #Metoo Accusations

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Guns N' Roses Front-man Axl Rose Hit With #Metoo Accusations

Former model Sheila Kennedy has filed a sexual assault and violence lawsuit against Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose. According to her lawsuit, the famed rock singer assaulted her in a New York hotel room in 1989.

According to the lawsuit, Ms Kennedy suffered from anxiety and despair as a result of the alleged attack. Mr Rose’s agents did not reply to inquiries for comment to the BBC.

According to her claim, Ms Kennedy demands damages from Mr Rose for deliberate infliction of emotional distress and gender motivated assault. Her attorneys have asked for a jury trial.

The complaint was filed in New York Supreme Court only days before the expiration of a legislation that allows survivors of sexual assault to sue their alleged perpetrators regardless of when the original statute of limitations expired.

Axl Rose Sheila Kennedy

Ms Kennedy stated in her complaint that she met Axl Rose in a New York City nightclub in early 1989 as a 26-year-old model for Penthouse magazine.

According to the lawsuit, the singer abused her physically and sexually in his hotel suite hours later. Axl Rose allegedly invited Ms Kennedy and another model to a drug and alcohol party in his hotel suite.

Though Ms Kennedy stated that she did not mind Mr Rose’s initial meeting in which he “pushed Kennedy against the wall and kissed her,” her opinion of the rock star shifted as the night went.

According to the lawsuit, Ms Kennedy watched Axl Rose engage in sex with the second model in a “aggressive” and “painful for the model” manner.

Following that, the lawsuit claims that the Guns N’ Roses frontman physically assaulted Ms Kennedy in an intense altercation.

According to the report, he grabbed her “by the hair and dragged her across the suite back to his bedroom.” Ms Kennedy claims she was bleeding and attempted to flee, but Mr Rose restrained her and sexually assaulted her.

According to the lawsuit, Ms Kennedy has had “lifelong emotional, physical, psychological, and financial impacts” since the incident, and she has developed “symptoms akin to post-traumatic stress disorder” when listening to Guns N’ Roses songs.

Ms Kennedy’s attorney, Dr Ann Olivarius, claimed the music industry permitted similar instances of misbehavior.

She expressed hope that Ms Kennedy’s “bravery will help other victims find their voice” and will be “an important turning point for the music industry.”

According to Rolling Stone magazine, Ms Kennedy originally recounted portions of the alleged incident in her 2016 autobiography “No One’s Pet” and in the 2021 documentary “Look Away,” which investigates claims of abuse in the music industry.

Sean "Diddy" Combs

Sean “Diddy” Combs and Cassie at a 2006 music awards in Copenhagen, Denmark

Meanwhile, rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs and R&B singer Casandra “Cassie” Ventura settled a legal dispute one day after she accused him of rape and sex trafficking. The two stated they struck an agreement on Friday but did not elaborate.

Ms Ventura stated in a joint statement with Mr Combs that she “decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms over which I have some level of control.” “I want to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support.”

“We have decided to resolve this matter amicably,” Mr Combs wrote. I wish Cassie and her family the best of luck. Love.”

Ms Ventura filed the case on Thursday, claiming that her ex-boyfriend, Mr Combs, had imprisoned her in a cycle of abuse and assault for a decade. The rapper and record executive, popularly known as Puff Daddy, refuted the charges and accused the singer of attempting to extort him.

His lawyer called the allegations “offensive and outrageous.”

Ms Ventura’s lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, confirmed the settlement, saying, “I am very proud of Ms Ventura for having the courage to go public with her lawsuit.” She deserves praise for doing so.”

Ms Ventura said the rap producer raped and beat her for ten years, beginning when she was 19 and he was 37.

“After years of silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story,” she said Thursday in a statement.

The lawsuit contained numerous explicit allegations of the severe assault she claims began after meeting the artist in 2005.

Sean "Diddy" Combs

Mr Combs brought her to his record label, Bad Boy, and “plied the vulnerable Ms Ventura with drugs and alcohol, causing her to fall into dangerous addictions that controlled her life,” according to the complaint.

Following the settlement, Mr. Combs’ lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, stated, “Just to be clear, settling a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing.”

“Mr Combs’ decision to settle the lawsuit in no way undermines his categorical denial of the claims.” He is pleased that they were able to reach an agreement and wishes Ms Ventura the best.”

Mr. Combs’ lawyer called the allegations “offensive and outrageous.”

According to the lawsuit, the singer is a “serial domestic abuser who regularly beat and kicked Ms Ventura, leaving black eyes, bruises, and blood.”

Mr Combs’ lawyer stated in a statement to BBC News in response to the lawsuit and before the settlement was revealed that Ms Ventura had wanted $30 million (£24 million) “under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship.”

According to Mr. Brafman, the lawsuit was “riddled with baseless and outrageous lies,” and the purported demand was “unambiguously rejected as blatant blackmail.”

In response to Mr Brafman, Ms Ventura’s lawyer, speaking before the settlement, stated that Mr Combs had given her “eight figures to silence her and prevent the filing of this lawsuit.”

“She rejected his efforts and decided to give a voice to all women who suffer in silence,” Doug Wigdor, the lawyer, said.

Ms Ventura had multiple hits in the 2000s, including songs with Diddy.

Her most well-known songs include Me & U, Long Way to Go, and Official Girl, which features Lil Wayne.

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