Lawyer Chris Darden's daughter harassed over dad defending Nipsey Hussle's killer: 'It triggered memories from OJ Simpson trial'
Jenee Darden, daughter of Chris Darden, broke her silence on Instagram after receiving vile comments about her father representing the alleged killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Darden, who garnered national attention as part of the prosecution in the OJ Simpson case, is currently representing Eric Holder, who has been arrested for allegedly gunning down Hussle on March 31 in Los Angeles.
In her Instagram post, Jenee mentioned that she wasn't aware of her dad becoming part of the trial.
"Like many of you, I found out about my father’s involvement in the case while scrolling through social media," she wrote in the post. "I was not prepared for this backlash that has triggered bad memories from the OJ Simpson Trial." Despite this, Jenee stood by her dad's side and stated that he was well aware of the steps he was taking.
"My father is a grown man and has been a defense attorney for some time," she continued. "I have no say in the cases he takes on."
She also reflected on Hussle's death and stated that she understood the emotions people were going through. "LA is like a second home to me," she continued. "I grew up in a community similar to Nipsey's and was saddened by the news of his death. So, I understand why it hurts deeply when we lose young, talented Black men like him who are committed to empowering people."
Jenee, a freelance journalist, encouraged people to stay away from negative thoughts and energy and focus on lifting people up.
"Instead of attacking me and others who have nothing to do with this case, channel that energy towards continuing Nipsey's legacy in strengthening our communities and lifting each other." Meanwhile, she thanked people who came forward to support her while also stating that she was unsure of how things would work out at the end of the trial.
"Thank you to those who have been supportive of me," she stated. "I don't know how this will all play out, but I will continue to pray for Nipsey Hussle's family. May they have peace and justice."
Hussle was shot dead on March 31, outside his LA clothing store where he was meeting his fans. A few moments before the rapper was shot he had taken to his social media to write, "having strong enemies is a blessing." The rapper was shot along with two other people outside Marathon Store in south LA.
Hussle was shot multiple times and was quickly rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead a short while after.
Hussle's longtime partner, Lauren London, took to Instagram to pay tribute to the rapper. Sharing his picture, she wrote, "I am completely lost. I’ve lost my best friend. My sanctuary. My protector. My soul...I’m lost without you. We are lost without you, babe. I have no words."
Other celebrities also expressed their condolences on social media. Snoop Dogg took to Instagram to share, "It's f***ed up, man. I just want to send prayers out to Nipsey Hussle's family and Lauren London and her family. It's f***ed up, man. This is f***ed up. Prayers out to the whole family, man. This s*** got to stop, man."
Rihanna also posted, "This doesn't make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I'm so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle."
Meanwhile, Singer Pharell Williams tweeted: "You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars."