Talib Kweli Accused of Sexual Harassment by Res

The accusation came about in a string of tweets.

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Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has been accused of of sexual harassment by one-time former label mate, Res. This after Kweli reportedly held her career “hostage” after she signed to his label and refused to kiss him during a work trip. Kweli has since denied all allegations, but was ousted on Twitter by his former artist on Monday morning through a series of tweets that range from Kweli holding her album and refusing to release it, to a screenshot of an alleged 2014 email that finds the Brooklyn rapper admitting to trying to kiss her.

After the twitter storm, Kweli’s response arrived through a screenshot of a court document that reveals an ongoing legal battle currently happening between the two. Kweli also stated that Res was terminated from his imprint Javotti Media in 2013 for “for disrespecting my employees and for failing to turn in an album I invested in.” Pitchfork managed to obtain some of the court documents that detail what actually happened and it appears Kweli and Javotti Media sued Ballard in 2016 for copyright violation and breach of contract. Ballard eventually filed a counterclaim in 2016, stating that she provided Javotti Media with the album as requested, in addition to a countersuit that alleges she was sexually harassed by Kweli. The judge would ultimately dismiss Ballard’s counterclaim, noting “the elements are not sufficiently pled.”

In other related news, a Black Starr album might be happening this year.

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