Famous figures accused of sexual misconduct
Trey Songz accused of sexual assault by former UNLV basketball star Dylan Gonzalez
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The era of #MeToo has brought waves of fresh sexual misconduct allegations against some prominent and powerful figures. It might seem like all of these accusations are new, but the fact is that victims are only just starting to feel more comfortable in sharing their experiences, and these acts of sexual misconduct and abuse have been going on for many, many years. The difference is that, now, people are paying attention.
The public is still learning how to deal with figures accused of sexual crimes, but by putting these stories in the spotlight, a discussion can be had about the power structures that enable these patterns, the faults our society has had in the past in dealing with them, and the steps we can take to do better.
Artist and former University of Nevada, Las Vegas basketball star Dylan Gonzalez has come forward on Instagram claiming that singer Trey Songz sexually assaulted her and caused her “unbearable PTSD,” adding that she has hired an attorney to represent her in a potential case against the singer.
In her statement shared on January 11, Gonzalez wrote, “With what seems like endlessly reoccurring news of the alleged sexual assaults committed by Trey Songz, I am forced to repeatedly relive in my mind, and suffer anew, the long-suppressed horror and unbearable PTSD of my [sexual assault] by his very hands at a well known Las Vegas Hotel.” She sent love and strength to other victims of sexual abuse and also encouraged them to come forward, because "you cannot heal what you do not reveal,” she wrote.
This is far from the Songz's first sexual assault allegation. In November he was the subject of a sexual assault investigation in Las Vegas after his 37th birthday, TMZ reports. In 2017, Keke Palmer shared an experience she had with Songz in which she said he used "sexual intimidation" to coerce her into being in a music video against her will. Model Celina Powell and her friend Aliza alleged in 2020 in a No Jumper interview that Songz urinated on them without their consent, holding their phones and purses hostage.
Unfortunately, the previously mentioned allegations are far from the first, or the worst. Click through to learn more about these cases, and see which other defamed faces who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
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