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The Gaslamp Killer drops lawsuit against his rape accuser

The artist and his accuser have issued a joint statement

  • Cameron Holbrook
  • 30 July 2019
The Gaslamp Killer drops lawsuit against his rape accuser

William Bensussen, aka The Gaslamp Killer, has dropped the defamation lawsuit against Chelsea Tadros - the woman who claimed he "drugged and raped" both her and her friend at a Los Angeles hotel in 2013. Both Bensussen and Tadros have released a joint statement on social media, saying they've both come to a compromise and wish to "move on with their lives and put the lawsuit behind them."

The statement reads:

"After their discussions, Ms. Tadros acknowledges she does not know who drugged her, and both parties recognize that Ms. Tadros could have been drugged by one of the many attendees that were present on July 5, 2013."

"Ms. Tadros continues to maintain that she was drugged and thereby unable to consent on July 5, 2013. Mr. Bensussen maintains that he has never drugged or raped anyone, and that he did not have any indication that Ms. Tadros was drugged or unable to consent. Furthermore, had Mr. Bensussen known or believed that Ms. Tadros did not or was unable to consent, he would not have engaged in any sexual activity."

The rape allegations against Bensussen first came to light in October of 2017. Maintaining his innocence, the LA-based artist decided to retaliate with a $5 million defamation lawsuit against his accusers. He issued a statement in May of 2018 further maintaining his innocence. A month later, Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed Bensussen's defamation lawsuit against RaeAn Medina, one of two women involved, but his legal battle with Chelsea Tadros remained.

No money was exchanged in the settlement.

Now, following this joint statement, it appears that the long legal battle has finally come to an end. Amidst these serious accusations, Gaslamp Killer has remained steadfast in his desire to reboot his music career and continues to play regularly in Los Angeles and at various gigs around the globe.

Cameron is Mixmag's Jr. Editor. Follow him on Twitter

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