Talib Kweli Responds To Sexual Harassment Allegations
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Talib Kweli Responds To Sexual Harassment Allegations

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(CelebrityAccess) Talib Kweli Greene has responded an accusation that he sexually harassed his one-time protege, Res, real name Shareese Ballard.

Ballard and Greene were in a duo called Idle Warship and as a solo artist was signed to Greene’s record label, Javotti Media. On Friday, she posted a series of tweets alleging that she rejected Greene’s sexual advances and, as a result, he refused to publish her music. She shared a screenshot of a 2014 email allegedly from Greene admitting he attempted to kiss her once.

“I tried to be humble but you letting a kiss that you didn’t get @TalibKweli keep my career on hold and I dare you to say I’m not telling the truth you know Gmail http://Mr.Green wasn’t you married then 🤔I’ll wait,” she said in one tweet.

Greene called her a liar and said she was dropped from his label in 2013 for “disrespecting my employees and failing to turn in an album I invested in.

“I am not holding her music because she never turned any music in. At all. Ever,” he said on Instagram, posting a court decision that dismissed Ballard’s claims “including the sexual harassment claim.”

“Res has not accepted this outcome, so she is using smear tactics,” he said. “Recently, she fired her lawyer in the other case, the one where she profited off of my music without my permission. So, now she is trying to use the #metoo movement to bully me into dropping my lawsuit against her. I fully and categorically deny any allegation of sexual harassment.”

Shareese Ballard Aka Res is a liar. She was dropped from my label Javotti Media in 2013 for disrespecting my employees and for failing to turn in an album I invested in. I am not holding her music because she never turned any music in. At all. Ever. In early 2014 Res started an indie Gogo campaign and sent a song featuring my vocals to fans without my permission as a reward. I asked her to stop using my verse, she refused. So I sued her. Res then countersued saying that I sexually harassed her. I find her claim to be dubious in nature. Bogus. Over a year ago, the judge in the case Carolyn E. Wade dismissed Res’ 3 claims against me, including the sexual harassment claim. NYSCEF doc number 37. Res has not accepted this outcome so she is using smear tactics. Recently, she fired her lawyer in the other case, the one where she profited off of my music without my permission. So now she is trying to use the #metoo movement to bully me into dropping my lawsuit against her. I fully and categorically deny any allegation of sexual harassment.

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Ballard said in her tweets that Kweli attempted to sleep with several artists.

“Unfortunately, Talib is unable to give an accurate account of what has happened in this situation,” Ballard told Pitchfork. “In my opinion he is extremely emotional and it has impaired his memory at times. He is clearly using his platform to bark loud and let loose any and every twist and turn to steer attention and support his way.” She went on, “To be sued at this point is ridiculous and not warranted. He is crafting a story all on his own alongside retweets with people that neither of us have a relationship with beyond a follow on social media, if that. It is all quite sad. I am regretful of ever signing to Javotti Media.”

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