The revelations come from Geneva Ayala in a new Miami New Times interview
Fans of XXXTentacion are reportedly harassing his victim, claims a new interview which profiles the controversial rapper, as well as his former girlfriend Geneva Ayala.
The South Florida artist was arrested in 2016, facing charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering on Ayala. He is currently on what his lawyer calls “modified house arrest”.
The profile, published by New Miami Times, reports that since speaking out about the alleged severe abuse in public, Ayala has faced serious harassment from XXXTentacion fans, which prevents her from leading a normal life.
“Much of the harassment often came online,” writes the piece’s author, Tarpley Hitt. “Ayala’s Twitter account was hacked and taken over by an impersonator, who tweets often about [XXXTentacion]. Her Instagram account was deleted after too many fans ‘reported’ her posts.
But people tracked her in real life too. She took a job at a Dunkin’ Donuts but had been working there only a week before [XXXTentacion’s] fans found her. They began showing up every day, harassing her, taking photos of her, and trying to follow her home. Ayala quit after three weeks.”
Ayala also says that she now feels unable to leave her home “without being noticed and eyed down.” She also says that as a result of the alleged abuse, she has been left with injuries including nerve damage, and a fracture near the eye which requires surgery. In the Miami New Times piece, she tells Hitt that she set up a GoFundMe page seeking $20,000 for the expensive operation, and claims that XXXTentacion donated $5,000 towards the total.
Within a week, Ayala says that GoFundMe froze her fundraiser after his fans reported the page. They claimed that she has misrepresented the cause of her injuries. Responding to Miami New Times regarding the fundraiser’s temporary suspension, GoFundMe said that “if a campaign is reported, our team looks into it to request sufficient information regarding the use of funds. In this case, the campaign was reported to us, and we reached out to the campaign organizer to collect additional information. Sufficient information was provided, and the campaign has been reactivated.“
Elsewhere in the feature, which also profiles XXXTentacion, the rapper denies the serious allegations against him. He also speaks about his history of violent behaviour, detailing several disturbing episodes, and his childhood.
Hitt writes that XXXTentacion picked fights as a child in order to get his mother’s attention. “I used to beat kids at school just to get her to talk to me, yell at me,” he says. The piece also reports that growing up, XXXTentacion was sent to Sheridan House Family Ministries, a residential program for troubled youth. After graduating, he was then sent to juvenile hall on charges of armed robbery, burglary, possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and possession of oxycodone.
The feature also draws attention to a previous interview with the hip-hop podcast No Jumper, in which XXXTentacion recounts his experience of sharing a room there with a gay inmate. In the interview, he repeatedly refers to this inmate as “a faggot.”
“If he does anything I disapprove of, I’m gonna kill him,” XXXTentacion reported telling a guard. He says that after he believed his inmate was “staring” at him, he responded by stamping on his head, and strangling him. “I was gonna kill him,” he said “because of what he did”