Petition Wants Charlamagne Off Breakfast Club After Rape Allegation
An old incident is coming back to haunt Charlamagne Tha God.
In 2001, CTG, who was 22, was accused raping 15-year old Jessica Reid at a house party he threw. Now she wants to reopen the case.
Here's what allegedly happened 17 years ago, The Blast:
Reid initially fingered CTG for the crime and the doctors who examined her corroborated her story that a sexual assault had taken place. But then she refused to cooperate with prosecutors on the advice her mother.
Without her cooperation, CTG was able to plead guilty to contributing to the delinquency a minor -- not rape -- and was sentenced to three years probation.
CTG discussed the incident in a 2013 interview with DJ Akademiks. He denied doing anything with Reid and argued they just pinned it on him because it was his party and they didn't have any other suspects. He also claimed he left the party early and DNA evidence didn't tie him to Reid -- hence the lesser charges.
But now Reid and her mom want the case reopened against CTG on the original charges “willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously engaging in penile/vaginal intercourse with a fifteen-year-old female child."
South Carolina has no statute limitations on sex crimes.
There is suddenly a petition to have CTG fired from The Breakfast Club.
The petition is well on its way to getting the 6000 digital signatures it has requested.
Things have been going very well for Charlamagne lately; he recently inked a deal with HBO for an interview series. We'll see how this reignited controversy effects that and his radio gig.
Update: CTG's legal team has responded to the renewed allegations: