NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Brooklyn-based rapper Kool A.D., formerly a member of the rap collective Das Racist, has been accused of sexual assault by four different women.
In interviews with Pitchfork, Kool A.D., whose real name is Victor Vasquez, was accused of a series of non-consensual sex acts that allegedly took place between 2006 and 2015.
The accusers include Vazquez’s estranged wife Saba Moeel; a former friend Marta Martinez; writer, performer and filmmaker Andie Flores; and a fourth woman who asked not to be publicly identified.
In interviews with Pitchfork, the woman described admittedly ambiguous non-consensual encounters they alleged to have experienced with Vasquez, including non-consensual sex acts performed he performed on them while they were intoxicated or asleep, or after Vasquez allegedly badgered them into agreeing to his advances.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Vasquez concedes to sexual acts with the woman but noted that he did not think they were non-consensual, or that his memory did not always align with his accusers.
He also struck an apologetic tone, telling Pitchfork:
“I know I still have a lot of unlearning to do regarding sex, ego, pride, and masculinity. I’m learning to recognize the toxic ideals of masculinity that I unthinkingly bought into. I compulsively sought validation through sex, selfishly unaware of the harm I was causing. I’m trying to be vigilant about consent, have more direct conversations, check myself and really be present and attentive to the wants and needs of the women in my life and not just in sexual relationships but in my relationships with all women. I’m trying to not prioritize my wants and needs over the wants and needs of others. I’m trying to be as open as possible and listen as much as possible and not try to inject my ego into every situation I find myself in. I am learning to confront myself now so that I may transform my toxic patterns for the sake of my daughter, my family, and friends, my girlfriend, my community and myself. I want to utilize whatever is left of my marginal celebrity to help foster more healthy ideas of masculinity and challenge the expectations that arise from gender binaries. I don’t want to cause anyone any more pain. I don’t want to be a source of trauma. I want a clear mind and an open heart.”
Vasquez has not been criminally charged in the case.