Trey Songz has been hit with a $10 million sexual battery and assault lawsuit from a woman accusing the 38-year-old of grabbing and exposing her breast while at a pool party, according to court records obtained by Rolling Stone.
The woman, who is using the pseudonym Jane Doe, claims the incident took place at the Foxwoods’ Resort Casino on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation reservation in Connecticut in August 2013.
Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, was at the resort hosting an event where the woman claims she thought it would be fun to get a picture with the singer. (The woman previously issued a demand for a $5 million settlement to keep the matter out of court in April 2022.)
As seen in a video a friend recorded, Neverson was standing next to the woman when he grabbed her bathing suit top, pulled it open and exposed her chest. “In what appeared to be an attempt to further terrify and humiliate [the woman], followed the assault with a degrading chant, ‘Titty in The Open … Titty in The Open,’” the court documents allege.
The woman worked as a business analyst for a local liquor distributor and had attended the Bacardi, Grey Goose tent with friends and work colleagues, according to the lawsuit, saying that she felt “ashamed, embarrassed and anxious” over if her co-workers had seen her exposed breast. A few months after the encounter, the woman says she left her job.
The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court on Thursday, also named Neverson’s production company, his manager Kevin Liles, and Atlantic Records as defendants in the suit, claiming they were negligent in their supervision of their client and are “responsible in some manner” for his actions.
Rolling Stone has reached out to Neverson, Liles, and Atlantic Records for comment.
In a statement, the woman’s attorney George Vrabeck tells Rolling Stone that the alleged sexual assault is “disturbing” and serves as a “harsh reminder” that the wider entertainment industry must also be held accountable. “Entities such as Atlantic Records and key executives like Kevin Liles must reassess their obligations toward ensuring the safety and dignity of everyone at any event associated with their artists,” he says. “My client demands transparency, accountability, and a prioritization of safety over profits.”
Source/ Rolling Stone