Drake Settles Lawsuit Over False Pregnancy and Rape Claims
The rapper alleged Layla Lace attempted to extort him with phony accusations.
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Drake has one less legal battle on his hands.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, the Toronto rapper has settled his lawsuit against Layla Lace, the woman who he claims tried to extort him.
In April 2017, Lace—legal name Laquana Morris—went to social media claiming Drake had impregnated her and then completely ignored her. She wrote in a now deleted Instagram post: "So I guess still in this era this is the new thing that after you tell a dude you pregnant they stop answering they phone [...] I feel so stupid … I never told this man ‘No.’ I did everything he told me to do … ((NEVER)) asked him for a dime … But don’t worry ima make sure I make a field day out of your f**king a**."
Lace doubled down on her claims during an appearance on SiriusXM’s Shade 45. She told host Jazzie Belle that she was carrying Drake's child: "“I know who I sleep with unprotected, period," she said. "So it’s 100 percent sure. He knows it."
This is when lawyers got involved. After Lace began demanding Drake to pay for the baby, the rapper's legal team requested a paternity test. Legal documents state Lace refused the test, which raised doubts about her claims. Lace subsequently filed a police report against Drake, alleging he had raped and imprisoned her.
The rapper was eventually cleared in the case; however, he later claimed that Lace threatened to go public with her sexual assault claims if he didn't give her money. Drake then sued the woman for civil extortion, defamation, and fraud.
According to TMZ, the two have since resolved their dispute. As part of the agreement, Lace is prohibited from making "statements alleging or insinuating" Drake raped her, impregnated her, and/or abandoned her. She also can't use a third party to make any disparaging comments about him.
"Drake and his team are satisfied with this outcome," his attorney, Larry Stein, told the outlet, "and while Drake appreciates the support he has received, he asks that his fans and the media allow both parties to move on with their lives."
Earlier this week, it was reported that Drake had filed a lawsuit against Hebrew Hustle, a publishing company that allegedly used his name and photo without authorization.
"[...] The very name of Hebrew Hustle is offensive, as it perpetuates stereotypes regarding persons of Jewish heritage, such as Graham," legal document states. "Graham would have never licensed his name and image to Counterclaim Defendants, and is offended to have been falsely associated with them."