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Rap mogul Damon Dash accused of sexually assaulting photographer in $50 million lawsuit

Monique Bunn says he sexually assaulted her while she slept in his daughter's room.


Samira Sadeque


Posted on Dec 27, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:25 pm CDT

A photographer has accused producer Damon Dash of sexual assault over an incident from April, according to the Wrap.

Monique Bunn, who reportedly shoots hip-hop artists, has alleged in the lawsuit that the assault took place at Dash’s residence, where Bunn was to stay in his daughter’s room.

According to the lawsuit detailed by the Wrap, Dash, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z, placed his hands on Bunn’s breasts while she was asleep in his residence, where he lived with his partner Raquel Horn. 

Bunn was reportedly woken up with Dash’s assault, wherein he also put his fingers on Bunn’s butt. 

“Dash did not have the permission or consent to touch Bunn’s sexual organs,” the Wrap quoted the lawsuit as claiming. “Dash was wearing a robe and had no underwear on.”

Bunn immediately warned that she would “fight” back and got him off her body, after which Dash left her alone. Bunn has said she couldn’t sleep for the rest of the night. 

The lawsuit further claims that Dash was intoxicated and had been smoking weed the whole day.

Bunn is further accusing Dash in the lawsuit of theft, and false promises which she claims he made to keep her quiet about the assault.

Dash had reportedly made a “deal” made with WETV about a docuseries that would tell the story of Bunn’s life, but she claims he did so to make sure she wouldn’t speak up about the assault. 

In her lawsuit, Bunn has also named Horn and Damon Dash Studios. According to the Wrap, Bunn said following the incident, her work was not returned to her, including celebrity photographs by her. 

Bunn’s work was not available online, and an Instagram name under her name shows a series of inspirational quotes. She is the latest person to come forward about abuse by yet another big shot in Hollywood in the Me Too era which, since exposing Hollywood stars in 2017 of sexual abuse, has entirely re-shaped conversations surrounding sexual assault in the workplace as well as sexual abuse in general.


H/T the Wrap

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*First Published: Dec 27, 2019, 12:12 pm CST