Top R&B star denies allegations of ‘violent sexual encounters’

Producer and musician The-Dream has been accused in a new lawsuit of raping, physically abusing and manipulating former protégé Chanaaz Mangroe.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by Page Six, Mangroe claims that under the guise of a legal recording and distribution deal, she was trafficked into an “abusive, violent and manipulative relationship filled with physical assaults, violent sexual encounters and horrific psychological manipulation.”

Mangroe, who was working on an international visa to the US from the Netherlands, claims in the lawsuit that she was 23 years old when she was approached via social media in 2014 by fellow band members The-Dream, born Terius Adamu Ya Gesteelde-Diamant.

After sending samples of her work, Mangroe claims she was invited to join The-Dream and his partner Tricky Stewart in Atlanta.

“Both in Atlanta and Los Angeles, Dream used his age and influence in the industry to manipulate a young artist into believing she needed him to succeed, bringing her into his world with false promises to gain her complete trust Ms. Mangroe,” the lawsuit alleges.

Mangroe claims the Grammy-winning producer promised to extend her visa, “write hits for her if she becomes part of his so-called ‘sanctuary’ like he did for Beyoncé and Rihanna,” and told her she would open for Drunk In Love the singer’s tour.

The up-and-coming singer claims in the lawsuit that The-Dream “controlled” every aspect of her life in the US and “forced” her to “drink excessive amounts of alcohol by roughly pulling her head back by her hair and pouring alcohol down her throat . “

“During the violent sex, Dream often strangled Ms. Mangroe, sometimes with his hands and once with the collar of her dress. On several occasions, Dream choked Ms. Mangroe so hard that she nearly lost consciousness,” the lawsuit states.

Mangroe, now 33, claims in the complaint that the 46-year-old singer allegedly refused to wear condoms during their intercourse and frequently ejaculated on her “against her protests.”

“When he found out she was taking birth control, he got angry because he thought it was a sign of disrespect. She was forced to hide the contraceptive pills under the mattress,” the lawsuit says.

The-Dream allegedly raped Mangroe “in the back of a refurbished Sprinter van, the same night he forced her to perform sexual acts in a public movie theater,” according to the lawsuit.

She also claims he filmed her having sex and “used the existence of the footage to threaten Ms. Mangroe into silence.”

Mangroe included screenshots of alleged texts from The-Dream asking him to “undress” her emotionally so he could “know what’s under your heart.”

He also reportedly texted her that it’s not a “big deal” because the music star is “family.”

The-Dream denied the allegations in a statement to the New York Times.

“These claims are false and defamatory. I oppose all forms of harassment and have always strived to help people achieve their career goals,” he told the publication.

“As someone who strives to be a positive influence on my fellow artists and the world at large, I am deeply offended and saddened by these allegations.”

In a statement to Page Six, Mangroe said: “Deciding to speak out about the trauma I’ve been through has been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but ultimately what Dream did to me made it impossible for me to live the life I envisioned. for myself and pursue my goals as a singer and songwriter.

“Eventually, my silence became too painful and I realized that I needed to tell my story in order to heal. I hope this will help others and prevent future horrific abuses.”

Mangroe’s lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor and Meredith Firetog, said in a statement to us that The-Dream’s alleged actions are “another horrific example of how men in the music industry use their power and influence to manipulate and harm others.”

“Just as Sean Combs did with Ms. Ventura and others, Dream used his position as a prominent recording artist and producer to subject Ms. Mangroe to severe physical, psychological and sexual abuse,” the attorneys continued.

“While she will never fully recover from what he and those who supported him did to her, her willingness to speak out now is a testament to her tremendous strength. It is an honor for us to represent her.”

Page Six reached out to The-Dream for comment, but she did not immediately hear back.

This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission

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