Following reports that Snoop Dogg denied allegations of sexual assault, his attorneys are moving to dismiss the accuser’s lawsuit.
Earlier this month, a woman identified as Jane Doe in court documents filed a sexual assault and battery suit against Snoop. The model/dancer alleged that on May 29, 2013, the rapper forced her to perform oral sex on him after she attended one of his shows in Anaheim, California. According to the Hill, Snoop Dogg’s lawyers are arguing the lawsuit should be thrown out, claiming the woman’s accusations don’t adequately back her citing of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).
“To state a claim under the TVPA, a plaintiff must allege a defendant knowingly, in interstate commerce, enticed a plaintiff through force, fraud, or fear to engage in a commercial sexual act,” the court filing by Snoop’s team reads. “Plaintiff’s complaint reiterates the formulaic elements of a TVPA claim, but alleges virtually no supporting facts. The Court should not countenance these conclusory, threadbare allegations.”
The filing continues, “For example, Plaintiff fails to allege Defendant proposed any ‘enticement,’ much less that he did so knowingly. Similarly, Plaintiff makes no allegations of an actual benefit Defendant offered or even suggested Plaintiff would receive. Because she fails to identify an actual benefit Defendant offered, Plaintiff likewise fails to allege a ‘commercial sex act,’ as the statute requires.”
Snoop’s lawyers also accuse the woman of attempting to “extort” him, particularly because the lawsuit was “launched just days before” his Super Bowl Halftime Show. They call the effort “a thinly veiled attempt to extort Defendant for money to stop Plaintiff from continuing to assert her false claims publicly.”
News of her lawsuit arrived on Feb. 10, just a day before Snoop Dogg released his latest album B.O.D.R. and three days before his Super Bowl performance with Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Mary J. Blige.