Snoop Dogg Responds To Sexual Assault Claims, Says It Was A "Thinly Veiled Attempt To Extort Money
Just days before he was set to appear in the Super Bowl halftime show, Snoop Dogg told a federal judge that a dancer's recent sexual assault lawsuit was a "thinly veiled attempt to extort money" from the defendant.
Attorneys for the rapper said that the Jane Doe accuser's lawsuit was legally flawed in a variety of ways, including that it was filed years too late. Lawyers for Snoop contend, however, that bringing the case was not primarily for the purpose of presenting sound legal arguments.
The lawsuit, filed just days before defendant's Super Bowl Halftime performance, was a thinly veiled attempt to extort money from defendant to stop her from continuing to assert her false claims publicly," wrote Keller/Anderle LLP attorney Jennifer L. Keller. "But her complaint is fatally flawed, so her gambit will fail."
The lawsuit's factual allegations were also flatly rejected by Snoop's attorneys.
According to Snoop's lawyers, "nothing remotely resembling plaintiff's story about defendant Calvin Broadus ever happened," they wrote. "He denies ever engaging in any sex act with plaintiff or assaulting or battering her."
Matt E.O. Finkelberg, the attorney for Jane Doe's accuser, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday evening.
The Jane Doe accuser filed a lawsuit on Feb. 9 alleging that both Snoop Dogg and Bishop Don 'Magic' Juan assaulted her separately over a 24-hour period in May 2013. She has also alleged that she was not hired again because she rebuffed their advances.
Specifically, the complaint makes startling and explicit allegations against both men. The lawsuit claims that Doe was beaten by Juan - whose real name is Donald Campbell - after she accepted a ride home, fell asleep in the car and woke up at his house the next morning. She claims that he repeatedly shoved himself into her mouth.
They then traveled to Snoop Dogg's recording studio, where Doe claims he barged into a bathroom while she was using it and demanded oral sex. She says she reluctantly complied because she was afraid for her safety and for her life. She claims he then masturbated onto her.
On Thursday, Snoop's attorneys responded, arguing that each of the lawsuit's specific claims was unfounded. For instance, they argued that a claim for federal sex trafficking was unrelated to what the statute was designed to prevent.
If accepted as a sufficient pleading, every alleged sex act between a defendant and a plaintiff with lesser means, fame, or influence would be federal sex trafficking, said Snoop's lawyers.
Snoop's attorneys said the primary claims of sexual assault and sexual battery were clearly barred by California's two-year statute of limitations for such accusations.
The attorneys for Bishop Don "Magic" Juan also filed a motion to dismiss the claims against him, making similar arguments to those of Snoop's attorneys.