Talib Kweli Accused of Sexual Harrasment by Singer Res, Responds with Court Document

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Talib Kweli and the singer Res are in the middle of a nasty court battle that’s spilled on to social media.

It started when the Brooklyn rapper sued Res for not submitting an album that he invested in. Then in a counter-suit, the singer said Kweli halted her career after she turned down a pass of his.

Since the suit began, the two artists haven’t argued publicly, but that changed when Res posted a series of tweets and doubled down on her sexual harassment claims.

“I signed to Javotti to release an album, not to fight a lawsuit over music that is waiting to be released, which you refused to accept,” she tweeted. “Why haven’t you responded to me about this album I have for you to release? You made it impossible for me to communicate with you. How can I turn in 12 songs when you refuse to talk to me or respond to my emails?”

“See, if you can’t sleep with your female artist you leave them in the dust,” Res continued. “I’m going to give you a chance to come clean to your fans since I’m a lie. Did you or did you not try to kiss me on a work trip and I said no? We both have the email. Let’s play. I’ll give you a minute to think.”

Res then posted that email.

Eventually, Kweli responded through Twitter and accused Res of being “big mad” due to the lawsuit. The rapper then put out a statement and gave details about the case, while he also denied sexually harassing her.

“Shareese Ballard, AKA Res, was dropped from my label Javotti Media in 2013 for disrespecting my employees and for failing to turn in an album I invested in,” he wrote. “I am not holding her music because she never turned any music in. At all. In early 2014, Res started an indieGogo 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 counter-sued saying that I sexually harassed her.”

“I find her claim to be dubious in nature. Bogus,” added Talib. “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.”

You can see some of the exchange between both artists below.

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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