Rolling Stone has reported that former protégé Res has claimed that Talib Kweli sexually harassed her and that he held her career hostage when she denied his advances. Res was signed to Kweli’s record label Javotti Media, and she appeared on numerous songs by Kweli. Res went after Kweli on Twitter recently, stating that she has evidence of his wrongdoing. Kweli alleges that Res is lying and illegally gave away a track in 2014 as part of an Indiegogo campaign that featured his vocals, thus necessitating a lawsuit.
In particular, she alleges that Kweli tried to kiss her in a pool in Puerto Rico and that now he is refusing to release recordings of her music from her time on the label. Kweli then took to Instagram to post a screenshot of a judge’s verdict in the sexual harassment case, showing that the judge has dismissed all claims.
Kweli and Res have been involved in a legal battle for a number of years, with the two sides continuing to sling mud in the media towards each other. The main issue stems from the inability of Res to deliver a full length album to Javotti Media, leading to a breach of the contract she signed with the label.
Kweli rose to fame as part of the influential rap duo Black Star with Yasiin Bey, and it appeared that earlier this year the duo would be reuniting to work on new music. However, Kweli recently shot down those claims, saying that nothing has happened as of right now, though there is a possibility of the duo working on new music in the future.
Let’s talk the truth my brother @TalibKweli tell the world how you treat women you work with shall we discuss your approach to a good work environment I have emails like you do KING 😐 @HipHopDX @WendyWilliams @Bossip @CNN
— RES (@the1res) June 1, 2018
Shareese Ballard Aka Res is a liar. She was dropped from my label Javotti Media in 2013 for disrespecting my employees and for failing to turn in an album I invested in. I am not holding her music because she never turned any music in. At all. Ever. In early 2014 Res started an indie Gogo campaign and sent a song featuring my vocals to fans without my permission as a reward. I asked her to stop using my verse, she refused. So I sued her. Res then countersued saying that I sexually harassed her. I find her claim to be dubious in nature. Bogus. Over a year ago, the judge in the case Carolyn E. Wade dismissed Res’ 3 claims against me, including the sexual harassment claim. NYSCEF doc number 37. Res has not accepted this outcome so she is using smear tactics. Recently, she fired her lawyer in the other case, the one where she profited off of my music without my permission. So now she is trying to use the #metoo movement to bully me into dropping my lawsuit against her. I fully and categorically deny any allegation of sexual harassment.
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