Rodney P has admitted to assaulting two girls, together with an ex-girlfriend who mentioned she feared for her life when he grew to become violent in the direction of her.
The rapper, whose actual identify is Rodney Panton Edwards, mentioned he had served a 15-week jail sentence in 2012 for his abuse of one of many girls.
“I’m deeply ashamed of my actions at the moment and I used to be sentenced to fifteen weeks imprisonment,” he advised the BBC of the conviction. “I used to be fallacious and I’ve paid the value. I’ve labored onerous over the past 10 years to be accountable for my actions.”
An ex-girlfriend spoke anonymously to the publication about her experiences with Edwards, saying that he had turn out to be violent in the direction of her after they’d damaged up and he came upon she was seeing another person.
The girl mentioned he had learn her diary after which “back-handed me within the mouth”, giving her a break up lip. He then went and locked himself within the rest room together with her diary and, when he got here out, “dragged me in by the neck, pinned me up in opposition to the wall and needed to know actual intimate particulars”.
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“He needed to listen to the worst doable case state of affairs,” she mentioned. “Each time I answered he was simply lifting me up by my throat. I believed that was it. I believed that is going to be a lights out second.” She added that, though he was not bodily violent to her once more, he psychologically abused her for a 12 months afterwards, inflicting an influence on her psychological well being.
Edwards mentioned he “couldn’t touch upon the influence my actions might have had on her psychological well being”, however apologised to his former accomplice. “I’d wish to repeat now I’m nonetheless deeply sorry that I ever harm her,” he mentioned.
Different girls have additionally claimed the rapper abused them in statements which were shared on social media over the previous few months. In a tweet confirming he had been dropped, Edwards’ former label Tru Ideas mentioned they understood these claims “have been denied”.
— Tru Ideas (@tru_thoughts) November 16, 2020
“We take home abuse very severely and we don’t condone abusive behaviour in any manner,” the assertion continued. “All allegations needs to be investigated within the acceptable method. Our work with Rodney P is at the moment suspended. We perceive Rodney P might be making a full assertion quickly.”
Assist group Dope Black Dads have additionally severed ties with the star, whereas the BBC have mentioned they had been unaware of the “severe incidents” earlier than hiring him to work at 1Xtra. Edwards DJed on the station between 2002 and 2008. The BBC added: “There are at the moment no plans to work with him sooner or later.”