Rapper XXXTentacion is suing the woman that he allegedly hit in a recently resurfaced video.
The footage showed the Florida rapper (real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) dancing behind a woman, who was filming herself, before he appeared to hit her hard on the side of her head.
The rapper’s attorney, Jaclyn Broudy, previously claimed he and the woman pictured were friends and that the musician was “obviously acting in jest”, adding that the footage was dated and he is now “a changed person”.
The woman in question later posted a statement online, saying that she hadn’t shared the footage earlier because she had been “terrified for my life”.
Now TMZ reports that Onfroy is suing the woman for fraud and defamation. He claims to have reached out to her after the video was shared online and that her grandparents called back and asked what the rapper would do to “make everything good.”
Onfroy claims they asked for $300,000 in exchange for the woman’s silence and also alleged that he had thrown a BB gun at the woman’s face prior to the video, threatening to hold a press conference to expose him as a frequent abuser.
The rapper accuses the woman and her family of lying, saying the pair had been joking around in the video and he had merely “tapped the back of her head”.
Meanwhile, prosecutors are said to be reviewing domestic violence charges against XXXTentacion since the footage resurfaced.
Last year, the rapper was released from prison and put on “very strict house arrest conditions”, after a document from an ex-girlfriend was filed claiming that she no longer wants XXXTentacion to be prosecuted for domestic abuse against her. However, his house arrest was recently lifted.