Why Damon Dash is Being Sued for $50 Million
Entrepreneur Damon Dash (a.k.a. Dame Dash) has never really faded from the public eye. For the past couple of years, he’s stayed in the public eye due to various legal issues, his appearance on Growing Up Hip Hop, and involvement in the entertainment industry. But this time, he’s been hit with another lawsuit.
What Dash is accused of doing
According to The Wrap, the media mogul is being accused of sexual assault by a photographer he hired for a project for his fashion venture, Poppington.
Monique Bunn was contracted to work for Dash in April 2019 and per the report, after wrapping the first day of shooting, she spent the night at Dash and his girlfriend’s home. She traveled from out of state for the job. Arrangements were made for her to stay in Dash’s daughter’s room.
Legal filings state that Dash came into the room in the middle of the night and began touching Bunn without her consent.
“While Bunn was sleeping, Dash approached Bunn and placed his hand on Bunn’s breasts and placed hands/fingers on Bunn’s buttocks. Dash did not have the permission or consent to touch Bunn’s sexual organs. Dash was wearing a robe and had no underwear on. Dash had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana all day.”
The complaint also says that she was able to get Dash off of her body and threatened to fight him, prompting him to leave. Bunn remained at the home overnight but couldn’t sleep.
She says the following day, Dash attempted to gloss things over by saying a deal was in the works to create a docuseries about her work with WEtv, but she concluded it was a lie. “The reality of the situation is that Dash did not have a deal with WETV associated with Bunn and only wanted to keep Bunn silent about the events of April 18, 2019.”
Accuser is seeking monetary damages
Bunn filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million for sexual assault and also names Dash’s girlfriend, Raquel Horn, in the suit along with his businesses. In addition to the sexual battery allegation, she is also suing for theft of conversion and emotional distress. It is unclear whether criminal charges have been filed.
Bunn claims that photographs she’d taken of celebrities such as Quincy Jones, Lyor Cohen, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, and President George Bush were kept as well as some of her other possessions and equipment.
Dash has not responded to the accusations, but Bunn’s attorney stated, “Ms. Bunn looks forward to having a jury decide the litigation.”
Lawsuit follows other legal woes
This suit comes off the heels of Dash’s arrest this past November for unpaid child support. It’s been reported by People that Dash owed more than $400,000 in back debt to two of his children’s mothers—Rachel Roy and Cindy Morales—which had been piling up since 2015. According to the outlet, he paid roughly $1,000,000 to clear up the legal trouble and to be released by a Manhattan court.
Per Complex, Dash’s debt to the women is supposed to be paid by his settlement with Lee Daniels, which is reportedly worth $1.7 million.
As for the latest lawsuit, Bunn has also named Dash’s companies Damon Dash Studios and Poppington LLC in the case. Reps for Dash have not commented.