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Timaya, Elton John & More: Stars Who Have Been Accused of Sexual Harassment/Rape

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American footballer Ezekiel Elliott is still facing a lot of backlash after a video surfaced on Saturday, showing how he exposed a woman’s breasts during the Dallas, Texas, St. Patrick’s Day parade, without her consent.

The video stirred massive reactions, and now has led to an open NFL investigation into assault allegations against the footballer, and this could possibly damage his career.

This is not the first time a star would be accused of sexual harassment, or rape. Check out all the time your faves made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

2. Elton John

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Sir Elton John. Image credit: L COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

In March 2016, Sir Elton John was slammed with a lawsuit by his former bodyguard, Jeffrey Wenninger, who alleged that the legendary singer sexually assaulted him.

Wenninger, who worked with John for 12 years, gave very descriptive details of how the singer allegedly touched his genitals on numerous occasions while he was working for him, and he claims three of such incidents occurred in 2014. The former bodyguard went on to add that Elton John harassed him multiple times until he stopped work in 2014.

Elton John denied the accusation, and the case was suddenly dropped in November 2016 with no reason given.

3. Timaya

In July 2015, a mystery woman surfaced on Instagram, accusing Timaya of rape, and later of making death threats. According to the woman, the Dem Mama CEO allegedly raped her and then asked for her forgiveness, and when she refused to forgive me, he allegedly threatened to kill her for meddling with his career.

Diplomacy is Key!!!

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The alleged rape is said to have happened in Atlanta, where the accuser is based. Timaya later released a statement, confirming he knew the woman and they only had sex.

The mystery woman later shut down her Instagram.

4. August Alsina

August Alsina was accused of sexual harassment after a video of him groping a fan onstage surfaced on social media. The singer had invited the fan for a brief performance that immediately degenerated into a non-consensual grope; he fondled her breasts, while the young woman sat, clearly uncomfortable.

#augustalsina being naughty at his concert in #batonrouge 😛 (video @grandhussle)

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Many people called out Alsina for that perceived act of sexual molestation. Some others urged the lady to file a lawsuit against him, but she never did, and Alsina never apologised or addressed the incident.

5. Bill Cosby

In May 2016, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that Bill Cosby will go on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting former Temple State University employee, Andrea Constand, in his Philadelphia home in 2004.

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Bill Cosby. Credit: Daily Mail

Cosby had filed for the case to be dismissed, stating that he had agreed to the previous implicating deposition only because of the District Attorney’s promise that he would not be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting Constand. After weeks of battling to have the charges dismissed, Cosby’s lawyers failed to acquire a dismissal in February. But the turning point came in May 2016, when a judge ruled that it would go on trial.

As at yesterday, Cosby’s team asked that the jury pool be picked from Pittsburgh and screened for bias. The trial will begin on June 5.

Ada Okoye

Mother. Writer. Lover. King.

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