Drake Pays $350K to Sexual Assault Accuser despite No Filing of Charges
A woman who claimed Drake sexually assaulted her in 2017, received a $350k settlement from the rapper even though he denied the accusations and didn’t face any charges. New details of the legal battle have surfaced after the woman filed a complaint against her own lawyer.
Instagram model Laquana Morris, aka Layla Lace, accused Drake of assaulting her in his hotel room after a show in Manchester during his “Boy Meets World” tour in 2017.
THE ENCOUNTER AND FIRST ACCUSATIONS
In new documents obtained by The Blast from a complaint Morris filed at the New York Attorney Grievance Committee against attorney Alexander Cabereiras, the woman stated that the star forced her to perform “fetish” oral sex on her and gave gruesome details of the encounter.
Morris first claimed in April 2017 that she was pregnant with Drake’s child, but when the rapper asked her for a paternity test, she went radio silent.
After that, Morris filed a report in New York accusing Drake of sexual assault, but since the alleged incident took place in the U.K, she had to file a report at the Manchester Police Department in June 2017.
After an investigation by British authorities, Drake was cleared up of any criminal wrongdoings.
The rapper claimed their one-night stand was consensual and there wasn’t enough evidence to support Morris’ story.
BLINDSIDED BY THE RAPPER
Morris says that during the process, her attorney Alexander Cabereiras started negotiations with Drake’s team, as they tried to reach an agreement to keep Morris from filing a lawsuit or even repeating her story to the press.
Then, Drake blindsided her by filing a lawsuit for civil extortion, emotional distress, fraud, defamation, and abuse of process. He said Morris was just trying to get money from him because she was mad he didn’t take her on tour.
He claimed that after their encounter, Morris created a "fantasy relationship" with him—a claim that he backed up with text messages— and added that after a while, he didn't have the "time or energy to respond" which allegedly set her off.
Drake also stated that Morris was never pregnant, as “there is no credible evidence of pregnancy, nor any baby, which would have been born last Fall" and says she switched her tactic and went with the sexual assault narrative to demand money from him.
REACHING A SETTLEMENT
Eventually, the two parts reached an agreement which included a $350k settlement from Drake to Harris that would be paid in several parts, a confidential agreement, and the decision to release a joint statement about the case.
Morris already received a $125,000 check, from which she got only $75,000 after her attorneys subtracted their fees.
However, the model now claims that the alleged joint statement released last year made the Canadian rapper seem like the victim and painted a bad picture of her.
She also states her lawyer didn’t work towards her best interest and even refused to give her a copy of the settlement.
BREACH OF AGREEMENT
Sources close to Drake told The Blast that Morris is now in violation of her agreement, as she isn’t supposed to talk about the allegations of sexual assault made against the singer.
If the case continues, Morris could have to return the $125k and forgo the remaining payments. She could also face claims for damages from the rapper.
“Drake demanded that I turn over everything to him and then delete everything,” Morris said. “Drake right now has everyone thinking that he is the victim and that he didn't pay for what he did to me."
Morris is asking the Grievance Committee to open an investigation and help her cause, while Drake’s team has allegedly contacted law enforcement to investigate.
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