Actor Claims Real Life “Fresh Prince”/TV Mogul Tried To Rape Him, Gives Graphic Details
Many of y’all may have first become familiar with Benny Medina in the 1990’s, when word got out that he is the real life “Fresh Prince,” the character Will Smith played on The Fresh Prince of Bel-air sitcom. Medina created and is the executive producer of Fresh Prince, and it was based on his real life. Medina also went on to become a well respected music exec,’ working as a protegee’ to Berry Gordy for Motown Records, as well as a manager and/or collaborator for many artists, including Prince, Queen Latifah, Teena Marie, Brandy Norwood, Madonna, etc. He’s currently managing Jennifer Lopez.
Medina’s massive resume’ and weight in the TV and music game is what actor, Jason Dottley, says held him back from speaking up about an alleged rape attempt, until now.
Actor’s Bombshell Allegations About Medina
Many are shocked by the bombshell claims Dottley has just dropped in a new interview with The Advocate.
Dottley, who is gay, gave graphic details of a time he says Medina tried to violently rape him inside Medina’s mansion. Medina his since responded, but first, here are excerpts from Dottley’s interview:
Dottley says that he and his friend/actor, T. Ashanti Mozelle, met Medina at a West Hollywood bar and went back to his mansion to chill. Dottley, who was married to his ex-husband at the time, thought that Medina was interested in Mozelle, but he says he was wrong. When they got to his house Dottley says Medina gave the a tour of the house, then after Mozelle decided to separate from them to take a “dip” in Medina’s swimming pool the unthinkable allegedly happened: Dottley says the unthinkable then happened:
Dottley says Medina then led him to a bedroom door.
“There was no ‘Do you want to see my bedroom?’ We literally got to the door and he grabbed me by the chest of my shirt and threw me onto his bed. Now I’m 6 foot tall and was 155 pounds, and this is a stocky strong man,” he says, then adds, “We all have these things playing in our heads of what would we ever do if someone ever tried to do something, and none of my preplanned motions would work.”
After throwing him on the bed, Medina “stuck his tongue down my mouth,” Dottley alleges. “Stop. I’m married. What are you doing?” he recalls asking while pointing to his wedding ring. Dottley says that as he resisted, Medina became more aggressive. “I’m having you,” Medina allegedly demanded before placing his forearm over Dottley’s neck, pinning him to the mattress while forcefully placing his thighs over Dottley’s legs to keep them from squirming. At this point, Dottley remembers, he started to cry and beg Medina to stop. But the mogul allegedly wouldn’t stop and kept repeating, “I’m having you! Oh, I will have you…” “His forearm was bearing down on my neck so hard that I don’t know how much longer I would have remained conscious,” says Dottley.
Medina Was Allegedly Stopped By Actor’s Friend
During the alleged struggle, Dottley says Medina pulled at his pants repeatedly, but he doesn’t fully remember if Medina was successfully able to get his pants open. As they continued to struggle, Dottley’s friend, Mozelle, was finally out of the pool and coincidentally walked in on them and stopped it, according to Mozelle’s and Dottley’s claims.
“When I went to the pool … Jason and Benny continued walking around the house,” Mozelle says. “It could have been intuition or whatever, but I randomly decided to get out of the pool to finish touring and I walked into [Medina’s] room, and he was on top of Jason.”
“[Mozelle] burst in the room and screamed something like, ‘Get off him!’ I don’t remember [exactly] what he said, but whatever he said worked,” Dottley tells The Advocate. “Benny Medina got off of me and grabbed me again by the chest of my shirt and threw me at — not to, but at — his bedroom door and all he said was ‘You two get the f*ck out of here.’”
The two ran out of Medina’s home and hardly spoke about the incident on the way home. “[Dottley] was visibly shook,” Mozelle remembers. “I could see that he was shaken … whatever happened, it was enough to make him uncomfortable, and that was my main concern.”
Why He’s Speaking Out Now
“He took a part of me away that I didn’t even know I had, which is faith in humanity,” says Dottley, “because here’s a revered person that seemed so nice and at the end of the day he was using power to prey on young vulnerable looking guys and I happened to be his pick for that night. … You have to do this a lot to be confident enough that you can send a text like that, like, that’s not a first-timer,” adding, “I think because he produces a lot of television and has hands in tons of pies, that’s prevented more people from coming forward.”
Medina Disputes Claims
Via USA Today: A statement from Medina lawyers Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley to USA TODAY said Medina “categorically denies the allegation of attempted rape.”
This is a mess! Who do you believe ILOSM fam?’
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