Takeoff: Slain rapper was under trial for allegedly raping woman during party at Migos producer's LA home

The woman alleged that Takeoff tried to offer her marijuana and that his 'staring made her uncomfortable'

Takeoff: Slain rapper was under trial for allegedly raping woman during party at Migos producer's LA home
Takeoff was accused of sexually assualting a woman and was under trial before being shot dead (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Rapper Takeoff was about to go on trial for an alleged rape at a Los Angeles home party before he was shot dead. The 28-year-old allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at the Migos producer DJ Durel's home in June 2020. Takeoff was fatally shot at a private party in Huston, Texas on November 1.

In August, the victim filed a civil complaint against Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, but no charges were ever brought against him. The court scheduled a jury trial for next June after the late rapper's testimony was scheduled for January. The plaintiff, Jane Doe, identified herself as the victim and stated that she arrived at the Encino party at 7 pm while Takeoff came "sometime later" and that's when she reportedly saw "a handgun sitting on a table." In court documents, she asserted that Takeoff tried to sell her marijuana and his "staring" made her feel "uncomfortable" before she told Durel, real name Daryl McPherson, that "she had no desire to engage in any sort of intimate relationship" with the rapper. The court documents claim that Takeoff and Jane Doe crossed paths while they were making their way upstairs and a dispute allegedly followed as reported by The Sun.

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Takeoff of Migos performs onstage during the Daytime Village Presented by Capital One at the 2017 HeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Takeoff of Migos was shot dead by a group of individuals during a private party in Houston on November 1 (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

According to the complaint, "Defendant Takeoff began touching Plaintiff’s buttocks. Plaintiff clearly and unequivocally refused Defendant Takeoff’s advances and stated to Defendant Takeoff that she did not want to have sex with him. Notwithstanding Plaintiff’s express refusal, Defendant Takeoff grabbed Plaintiff, flipped her over face-down, and pulled down her clothing. Defendant Takeoff then proceeded to have forceful sexual intercourse with Plaintiff from behind, without Plaintiff’s consent. After Defendant Takeoff finished raping Plaintiff, he immediately left the room. Plaintiff sought medical care at a nearby hospital that same day, where hospital staff observed physical evidence of forceful rape and notified the Los Angeles Police Department of the same.”

The LA District Attorney's office never prosecuted Takeoff for a crime despite police participation in April of last year because of insufficient evidence. Takeoff vehemently refuted each and every accusation in his responses, asserting that “the damages and injuries, if any, suffered by Plaintiff were directly and proximately caused solely by the careless, reckless, negligent, and wrongful conduct of individuals or entities other than Defendant." Long-running legal disputes between the parties' attorneys about whether Takeoff should testify in person or by video from his residence in Georgia caused the case to drag on for more than two years in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

After much back-and-forth, the plaintiff's lawyer finally submitted an application for an order compelling Takeoff to present and testify at a deposition on January 17, 2023, at 8.30 am, and to pay $2,860 in legal fees. It reads as follows: "Defendant has failed to appear for his properly noticed deposition despite multiple meet and confer efforts between the parties regarding alternate dates. After one year of meet and confer efforts, Defendant’s inaction has forced Plaintiff to file this motion.”

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