Dylan Gonzalez, the former University of Las Vegas basketball player, has publicly accused singer Trey Songz of rape.
“With what seems like endlessly reoccurring news of the alleged sexual assaults committed by Trey Songz, I am forced to repeatedly relive in my mind, and suffer anew, the long-suppressed horror and unbearable PTSD of my rape by his very hands at a well known Las Vegas hotel,” a statement posted to Gonzalez’s Twitter account on Tuesday began.
“I want to send my love, strength, and hope to all who are victims of sexual assault and its fatal nature. You are not alone,” she continued.
“I stand with you and encourage all those who have suffered abuse to speak out and come forward. Suppression of our voices only emboldens our oppressors, and you cannot heal what you do not reveal,” she added.
“At this time, I humbly request my privacy, consideration and compassion while I fully commit to pursue the best course of action and all of my legal options,” Gonzalez’s statement concluded.
Gonzalez’s legal team, George Vrabeck and Ariel Mitchell, informed PEOPLE that they will be taking action against Songz in the coming weeks and are in the process of formally filing the litigation.
Vrabeck and Mitchell are also representing Jahaura Jeffries, who publicly identified herself and alleges that Songz sexually assaulted her at a nightclub in Miami in 2018. The singer has not addressed these allegations.
Last year, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received “a report of a sexual assault incident alleged to have occurred at a hotel in the 3700 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard” involving Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson.
“Neverson is cooperating with the investigation. At this time, no arrests have been made,” police said in a statement at the time.
In August 2020, the singer was accused by a woman, who identified herself publicly as Aliza, of allegedly urinating on her without her consent during an otherwise consensual sexual encounter. Songz denied the allegations in a tweet, calling Aliza’s accusations “convenient” for someone who seeks to “destroy someone’s life.”
Keke Palmer in 2017 alleged that Songz used “sexual intimidation” to make her appear in a music video of his, claiming that he “secretly filmed” her and “put her in a music video against my wishes.”
Songz appeared to address Palmer’s allegations on Instagram. The singer wrote, in part, “So sorry for those that believe everything without knowing anything. However, I cannot devote my life to responding to, or clearing up every side of every story you hear about me, when would I actually live? I know my character, I know my truth, I know my heart. God does too.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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