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.
I signed to Javotti, to release an album not to fight a lawsuit over music that is waiting to be released ,which u refused to accept.
— RES (@the1res) May 31, 2018
I tried to be humble but you letting a kiss that you didn’t get @TalibKweli keep my career on hold and I dare you to say I’m not telling the truth you know Gmail https://t.co/02ohGszzCW wasn’t you married then ?I’ll wait
— RES (@the1res) June 1, 2018
We both have the email of you apologizing for making a pass at me @TalibKweli when we was on a trip to make music how is this in the contract why do I have to Kiss you to be out my contract
— RES (@the1res) June 1, 2018
Bottomline is that you create a very uncomfortable work environment from the groupies on the tour bus , to the affairs with our group member to the times you hit on me. Whether it was proven in court or not, you know what you did. You are trying to get money from me and its sad.
— RES (@the1res) June 2, 2018
Sense I’m such a liar can someone tell me how a man making a pass at you on a business trip I repeat business trip is cool this is why I put the email out ?with you apologizing for making a pass at me so at this point I’m done talking you are a creep,a devil and a liar Here pic.twitter.com/Tx49bfjCI1
— RES (@the1res) June 3, 2018
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.”
Shareese Ballard Aka Res is a liar. She was dropped from my label Javotti Media in 2013 for disrespecting my employees and for failing to turn in an album I invested in. I am not holding her music because she never turned any music in. At all. Ever. In early 2014 Res started an indie Gogo campaign and sent a song featuring my vocals to fans without my permission as a reward. I asked her to stop using my verse, she refused. So I sued her. Res then countersued saying that I sexually harassed her. I find her claim to be dubious in nature. Bogus. Over a year ago, the judge in the case Carolyn E. Wade dismissed Res’ 3 claims against me, including the sexual harassment claim. NYSCEF doc number 37. Res has not accepted this outcome so she is using smear tactics. Recently, she fired her lawyer in the other case, the one where she profited off of my music without my permission. So now she is trying to use the #metoo movement to bully me into dropping my lawsuit against her. I fully and categorically deny any allegation of sexual harassment.
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