Takeoff, a rapper from the popular hip-hop group Migos, has been accused of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The suit, filed anonymously by the female victim, alleges that Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, pursued and raped the woman at an L.A. party in June. Claims in the suit include sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment, gender violence and interference with civil rights.
According to the complaint, the woman was invited by Daryl McPherson (aka Migos associate DJ Durel) to the June 22 party. She noticed during the evening that Ball, 26, was staring at her and he offered her marijuana, making the plaintiff feel uncomfortable.
After leaving the conversation, the woman told McPherson she didn't want any intimate relationship with Ball. McPherson offered to take her to his room upstairs, but when Ball ran into them, the two men argued and Ball followed the plaintiff to the bedroom. The suit alleges that Ball raped the woman after she refused his sexual advances.
The woman went to a hospital the same day, and staff observed "physical evidence of forceful rape" and notified the LAPD. No criminal charges have yet been filed in the case.
"Our client is terrified," the woman's attorney, Neama Rahmani, said in a statement. "She has already been victimized because of the incident, and continues to be victimized because Takeoff is a free man and has yet to be arrested. We hope that law enforcement pursues its investigation more aggressively, so she can receive the criminal justice she deserves."
Attorney Drew Findling, who is representing Ball, told USA TODAY that the allegations made in the lawsuit are "patently and provably false."
"The claims and statements made regarding this lawsuit indicate that the plaintiffs’ representatives have not spoken with relevant witnesses or reviewed available evidence," he said.
"Mr. Ball is renowned for his artistic talent as well as his quiet, reserved and peaceful personality. In this instance, those known personality traits have made him a target of an obvious exploitative money grab."
LAPD Officer Drake Madison confirmed to USA TODAY that there was an open investigation into the case.
In 2018, Migos member Offset was arrested for felony gun charges in Georgia, and that same year three people were charged – including McPherson – in North Carolina when police found 420 grams of marijuana on the group's tour bus.
Contributing: Gary Dinges
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Migos rapper Takeoff accused of sexual assault at L.A. party in June