After completing an official police investigation into a 2020 complaint, Diplo is now open to prosecution in the city of Los Angeles for sexual misconduct.
Prosecutors are reportedly considering two charges against the prolific DJ: one for invasion of privacy and another for willful exposure to a sexually transmitted infection, according to BuzzFeed News. Both are considered offenses in the state of California and can be punished with fines, jail terms, or both.
The allegations only came to light last October when a 25-year-old woman publicly accused Diplo of personal hygiene, emotional abuse and intimidation. Her simultaneous complaint to the LAPD stated that the artist had recorded and distributed sexually explicit videos of her without consent and that she had knowingly infected with chlamydia. And although no charges were brought at the time, the woman also told police that Diplo raped her in July 2019 after one of his concerts in Las Vegas.
The woman filed a civil lawsuit against the DJ on June 24, characterizing him as "a middle-aged white man who assaulted very young black women and girls for sexual assault". Defamation and intentional infliction of emotional stress.
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Diplo first reached out to the woman through Twitter DMs when she was only 17, according to BuzzFeed News. They reportedly stayed in touch over the years before meeting in person for the first time in 2019 when she was 22 years old. Consensual sex was followed by alleged rape later that year.
Diplo, on the other hand, tried to portray the woman as a fan-stalker who has molested him and his family for years. While willingly admitting a previous consensual relationship, he dismissed all allegations of wrongdoing, calling them "delusional".
In response to the allegations, Diplo filed for an injunction against the woman last December. It has now expired. He also sued her in April for damages for stalking, trespassing, and distributing private materials.
Diplo denied the claims in an extensive Instagram post on Wednesday.
Editor's Note: For professional advice and assistance, call a sexual assault service provider on the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.