Tune govt Benny Medina has been accused of attempting to rape Sordid Lives: The Sequence actor Jason Dottley.
In an article published by the Advocate Friday, Dottley, 36, claimed Medina — who has managed the careers of a lot of A-checklist stars like Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith and Mariah Carey, as successfully as invent producing The New Prince of Bel-Air (which changed into in response to his lifestyles) —allegedly tried to rape him at Medina’s Los Angeles mansion in December 2008.
Medina’s attorneys Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley mentioned in an announcement to PEOPLE, “Benny Medina categorically denies the allegation of attempted rape.”
The actor claimed Medina invited him and a buddy, fellow actor T. Ashanti Mozelle, for a tour of the residence, at which point Medina led Dottley to his bedroom and allegedly attacked him.
Mozelle, who had been swimming in Medina’s pool, suggested the Advocate he walked into the bedroom and claimed he saw the song govt on prime of Dottley.
“[Mozelle] burst in the room and [was] screaming one thing like, ‘Accumulate off him!’” Dottley suggested the e-newsletter. “Benny Medina got off of me and grabbed me again by the chest of my shirt and threw me at — now to no longer, but at — his bedroom door and all he mentioned changed into ‘You two procure the f— out of here.’”
Dottley suggested PEOPLE Friday he changed into left feeling “powerless” for the length of and after the alleged attack.
“What I undergo in thoughts most about the come upon with Benny changed into the sensation of giving up,” Dottley says. “The second I realized that I would possibly possibly also now no longer fight him off, that I changed into slowly shedding my capacity to breathe attributable to his arm on my neck, that second of full and say powerlessness, that’s what I undergo in thoughts presumably the most.”
Talking of the alleged incident, Dottley mentioned Medina’s replace in demeanor changed into like “Jekyll and Hyde,” and that he changed into vexed of telling any individual of the incident, including his then-husband and playwright, Del Shore, whom Dottley claims the song exec threatened.
“You don’t strive and rape someone, then threaten to abolish their husband by capacity of textual dispute material message in case you aren’t extremely fearless of what you’re doing,” Dottley says. “This also can now no longer were his first time.”
“[His] memoir gave me the ideal push as a consequence of I linked to him as a homosexual man, being preyed on by one more homosexual man,” Dottley says. “In picture the rely grew, so did my self perception. I wrote my #MeToo memoir with out a names in dispute response to Anthony Rapp coming forward.”
He adds that he has no regrets about coming forward with his memoir.
“[I feel] so extremely empowered and hopeful that linked to those before me gave me courage, I’m hoping to merit one more victim approach forward,” he says.
- with reporting by LIZ MCNEIL