Bryant Giles has been cleared in his domestic abuse case.
According to legal documents obtained by Complex, the Chicago-based artist/designer was found not guilty of domestic battery-causing bodily harm. Giles was arrested Oct. 8, 2018 on the misdemeanor charge, which prompted rapper Noname to publicly denounce the artist. Giles had illustrated the cover art for her 2018 album, Room 25. Noname said she would replace the cover for the project in light of the abuse allegations.
"I will be working to replace the cover artwork of Room 25," Noname tweeted. "I do not and will not support abusers, and I will always stand up for victims and believe their stories."
A woman who claimed to be a close friend of Giles' alleged victim shared a series of social media posts accusing the artist of being a "sociopath" and a "rapist." She accused Giles of punching and sexually abusing her friend, and also claimed he had performed sexual acts at Nike events.
Giles has denied all the allegations.
"I was accused and charged with a crime based on the word of one other individual: essentially word of mouth," he wrote in a statement. "There was no physical evidence to corroborate this story. There were no witnesses to corroborate this story. There was no independent police investigation to corroborate this story."
Giles also addressed the Nike rumors, insisting it was a "vindictive" attempt to ruin his relationship with the sportswear giant.
You can read his full statement below.
I never expected that I would be on the receiving end of accusations that would call my character and livelihood into question. I especially never expected to be on the receiving end of a movement that I stand behind. Before these unfortunate accusations were made, I was in what I thought to be a loving relationship with my partner. As surprising as it may sound to some, I was blind-sided by these accusations.
I am and was found innocent on all charges of sexual misconduct and battery. I say this with conviction; not to undermine the many women who have legitimately faced the grotesque reality of being violated by men, but instead because I was violated too.
I was accused and charged with a crime based on the word of one other individual: essentially word of mouth. There was no physical evidence to corroborate this story. There were no witnesses to corroborate this story. There was no independent police investigation to corroborate this story.
My character was called into extreme question over the words of someone else. It is a phenomenon that has happened far too many times in the history of this country. Men have been lynched for less.
However, sometimes the only evidence is the word of the victim, and so I find myself in a troubling predicament, that ironically mirrors the state of this social issue today.
I carefully call out to women who make these accusations. Do not make these accusations lightly. Do not make them in retaliation. Do not make them out of spite. Your words matter.
They matter so much, that they could cost another human being their life, livelihood, and reputation. We must take this issue seriously: we must take the act and accusation equally seriously.
I also want to address specifically the Nike issue: all stories on social media involving Nike were extremely false and completely vindictive in the name of sabotaging my relationship with the company.
Finally, I pledge to seek further justice. Just as no woman should ever be violated, no man should ever be falsely accused of a crime that could potentially follow them for the rest of their lives.
In saying that, we fully plan to proceed with legal actions against all those who have facilitated these false accusations.