XXXTentacion has reportedly taken legal action against the woman who recently accused him of physical assault.
According to TMZ, the 20-year-old Florida rapper filed a lawsuit against the alleged victim this month, shortly after she publicly addressed a video in which XXX was filmed punching her in the head. The woman in the video, which was reportedly shot in 2013, claims she didn’t feel comfortable coming forward with her story until after the footage surfaced online.
“For those who are questioning why I didn't come forth earlier was because I was terrified for my life,” she said on social media. “Imagine someone doing that to u unprovoked? At 16? Let alone the people he associates himself w/? Truth of the matter is I would still be holding on to this secret if it wasn’t leaked.”
XXX’s legal team insists the video was not as severe as the woman claims, and that she and her family are simply trying to make a quick buck with threats of defamation. Sources told TMZ that the woman’s grandparents contacted XXX’s team shortly after the video went viral and allegedly asked “what they'd be willing to do to ‘make everything good.’”
According to the suit, the grandparents also accused XXX of hitting their granddaughter with a BB gun in a separate instance, and allegedly asked the rapper for $300,000 in exchange for the woman’s silence.
XXX is suing the woman for fraud and defamation.
The rapper is also awaiting trial for a domestic abuse case in which he faces charges for aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering.