Legendary producer The-Dream accused of rape and sexual harassment

Bramwel Oloo
Bramwel Oloo

The-Dream, born Terius Gesteelde-Diamant, a well-known music producer and songwriter who has worked with artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Usher, is facing serious sexual harassment allegations in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

The accuser, Channii Monroe, whose real name is Chanaaz Mangroe, claims that The-Dream is guilty of rape, sex trafficking, and sexual battery.

Mangroe alleges that The-Dream misled her with promises of advancing her music career, which led her into an abusive relationship.

According to the lawsuit, The-Dream coerced her into sexual acts multiple times, forced her to consume excessive alcohol, physically assaulted her, and threatened to release footage of an intimate encounter.

What Dream did to me made it impossible to live the life I envisioned for myself and pursue my goals as a singer and songwriter. Ultimately, my silence has become too painful, and I realized that I need to tell my story to heal. I hope that doing so will also help others and prevent future horrific abuse,” Mangroe stated.

An eight-time Grammy winner, The-Dream has significant influence in the music industry, having worked with high-profile artists and producing hits like “Umbrella” by Rihanna, “All of the Lights” by Kanye West, and “Baby” by Justin Bieber.

The lawsuit claims he exploited his position and fame to lure and manipulate Mangroe into an abusive relationship characterized by physical violence, sexual coercion, and psychological manipulation.

A representative for The-Dream however refuted the claims in a statement to the New York Times.

These claims are untrue and defamatory. I oppose all forms of harassment and have always strived to help people realize their career goals. As someone committed to making a positive impact on my fellow artists and the world at large, I am deeply offended and saddened by these accusations,” the representative explained.

Mangroe is being represented by Douglas Wigdor and Meredith A. Firetog, the same attorneys who assisted Cassie Ventura in her lawsuit against Sean Combs.

Dream, like Sean Combs did with Ms. Ventura and others, used his standing as a prominent recording artist and producer to subject Ms. Mangroe to vicious physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. While she will never fully recover from what he and those who supported him did to her, her willingness to speak out now is evidence of her extraordinary strength. We are honored to represent her,” Mangroe’s lawyers stated.

This lawsuit is not the first time The-Dream has faced accusations of abuse. In 2014, he was charged with felony assault and strangulation, reckless endangerment, and child endangerment after allegedly kicking, punching, and choking his then-eight-month-pregnant girlfriend.

However, the charges were eventually dropped, and he was cleared.

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