Todd Anthony Shaw also known as Rapper Too Short filed text messages with the Court Wednesday to prove that recent rape allegations are false. A woman named Teana Louis filed suit in January 2018 against Too Short for sexual battery. Louis’ allegations include sexual battery, sexual harassment, and defamation among other claims. Too Short has now come forward with explicit text messages that he says proves she solicited sex from him. Can the text messages help him?
In the explicit text messages obtained by TMZ, Louis makes various sexual advances to the rapper. She refers to his genital size and says she loves him. One text read, “Baby I wish you were here right now, just talking to u on the phone makes me wet.” Two Short and his attorney hope that these texts will prove that the two had a consensual sexual relationship.
It’s worth noting that this is a civil suit and not criminal. Louis is suing for monetary damages which Too Short claims is all just extortion. Louis claims that he threw her on the bed, held her down, and performed oral sex on her after she said no.
Will the Text Messages Prove Consensual Sex?
The texts will surely help! Consent is very tricky and difficult to prove. Every rape case is different with the focus being the facts and evidence. Men are found guilty of rape with very little evidence. On the contrary, sometimes men are found not guilty although lots of evidence seem to suggest rape. It’s really all about the facts!
Usually, DNA evidence can prove that sexual contact existed although its existence does not prove consent. Video recordings, snapchat videos, phone records, and text messages can all benefit a defendant who wants to prove consent. Occasionally, phone records from the accuser’s phone to family and friends can shed light on whether sex was consensual.
The text messages definitely help Too Short’s argument. However, they don’t prove consent. Remember, a woman can say no at any reasonable time and the man must stop. A man can still rape someone he had a relationship with. Texts messages, however, can be a factor that points toward consent. It will be up to the judge or jury to weigh all the evidence and return a verdict.
Joe Jonas finds himself in a legal battle after his assistant crashed his car. It’s not clear whether Jonas was in the car at the time but reports seem to indicate that the assistant was running an errand for Jonas. The accident happened back in 2016 but the woman who filed the lawsuit just initiated it now.
The unnamed woman sued the former Jonas brother for mental and physical pain as well as lost income earnings. She claims Jonas’ assistant made a left turn at an intersection and struck her vehicle. Jonas’ car involved is a 2012 Audi A6. Apparently, there were no third-party witnesses or a police report.
Wait, can you sue if you’re in a crash but have no witnesses or a police report?
You sure can. A police report is not necessary although it can establish credibility. If someone gives a statement to the police at the accident scene and then later changes their story, it damages their credibility.
Note that a police report is hearsay and generally inadmissible in court because the officer didn’t actually witness the accident. It is, however, a good document to have for negotiations with the insurance company.
Having a neutral witness to the accident is a huge benefit. The likelihood of winning negotiations and the court case increases if a witness’ account of the accident is similar to yours. Without witnesses, it is your story against the other driver’s story. In this case, the court will look at the physical evidence and driver credibility to determine the truth.
If Joe Jonas wasn’t driving how is he liable?
Every state has laws that provide liability for an employer if their employee causes a car crash while on duty. The employer can be negligent for hiring someone with a bad driving record, not checking to see if the employee has a license, not adequately providing training to the employee, etc.
In addition, an employer is liable if the employee was performing work on behalf of the employer at the time of the crash. If Jonas’ assistant was on her way to drop off his dry cleaning, he could be liable. However, if Jonas’ assistant finished his errands and stopped for coffee for herself when the crash happened then Jonas isn’t liable.
Because most of the facts are unknown, it’s difficult to speculate the party at fault. We don’t know the assistant’s story or what the assistant was doing at the time of the crash. Jonas isn’t the first celebrity whose assistant crash their car, and he won’t be the last. No doubt he has good insurance and attorneys.
Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, better known as NBA YoungBoy faces numerous charges. Authorities issued a fugitive warrant in Waycross, Georgia for the 19-year old rapper. According to reports from TMZ, he received a warrant for an alleged assault. In short, YoungBoy Never Broke Again faces aggravated assault charges with a weapon, in addition to kidnapping charges.
Recently, the rapper enjoyed success with singles such as “Outside Today” and “No Smoke.” On the night of his arrest, he was scheduled to perform at a sold-out show. The promoters canceled the performance. While in Florida, the US Marshalls took NBA YoungBoy into custody according to various sources.
Seemingly, the young rapper’s notoriety is not because of his Billboard success but because of the surveillance footage released by TMZ. Hotel cameras caught NBA YoungBoy and his girlfriend, Jania in the hallway.
According to the report, the footage shows him allegedly slamming Jania down to the floor. Sources say a hotel guest also heard the commotion. Subsequently, the front desk called the police. By the time the police arrived at the scene, the couple had already left the Waycross, Georgia hotel. After viewing the footage, the police determined they had enough probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant.
The video shown below on TMZ, shows that Jania may have been trying to get away from her boyfriend. The video also shows her being thrown to the ground. The footage shows her in a semi-fetal position while being forced to return to the room according to the Miami Herald.
NBA YoungBoy Allegedly Seen Body Slamming Girlfriend Hours Before Arrest | TMZ - YouTube
Domestic Violence or “Rough Playing”
As is sometimes common with victims of abuse, Jania’s version is different. Is she the victim of a domestic assault or “rough playing?” Jania attempted to defend NBA Youngboy from the police investigation on social media. According to her, “I was pulling him, that’s just us, that’s just the way we play.” In fact, she denies that she was kidnapped. According to TMZ, after the incident, “she wanted to remain with him.”
However, her social media statement may not be enough. Under state law, even if the victim does not want to press charges the state could proceed with charges of domestic violence. Furthermore, Jania’s statement may not be enough to convince a judge or jury that this was “kids being just kids.”
Occasionally, in domestic violence cases between partners or spouses, the victim of an assault may not want to press charges. In Georgia, the prosecutor not the victim will determine whether a domestic violence assault case proceeds. In other words, the victim has no power to drop the charges. The prosecutor may charge the aggressor with domestic assault or in this case aggravated assault. Often this course of action can save the life of the unwilling victim.
NBA YoungBoy Girlfriend 'Jania' Says Youngboy Never Hit Her. They Were Just Playing - YouTube
NBA YoungBoy has a Prior History of Violence
Gaulden is no stranger to trouble. Currently, he is on probation in connection to a 2016 drive-by shooting in Baton Rouge. In August 2017, the judge sentenced NBA YoungBoy to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated assault with a firearm. Judge Bonnie Jackson suspended his sentence and placed him on active probation for three years, according to Pitchfork. As such, this new arrest may possibly violate his term of probation.
Gaulden appeared in court on Monday and faces extradition to Georgia.