Published Dec 17, 2018Former Das Racist rapper Kool A.D. has been accused of sexual misconduct by four women. The alleged incidents span from 2006 to 2015, and the rapper (whose real name is Victor Vazquez) has responded to the allegations with a statement.
A new, lengthy report from Pitchfork details the alleged incidents. They kick off with allegations from Saba Moeel, Vazquez's former wife who previously discussed her relationship with the rapper in a Consequence of Sound report.
Moeel alleged that her first sexual encounter with Vazquez was non-consensual. "I told him straight up, 'We can hook up, but I don't want to have sex tonight,'" she said. "He did it anyway."
She also accused Vazquez of forcing her to perform oral sex on him years later.
Marta Martinez, a former classmate of Vazquez at Wesleyan University, alleged that he stayed at her apartment in 2006 and repeatedly woke her up to pressure her into having sex. She then said he penetrated her without her consent while she was asleep. The incident resulted in her getting pregnant, and Vazquez paid for her abortion.
Andie Flores assisted with Das Racist's business operations in 2012, and told Pitchfork that Vazquez "tried to finger her" while they were riding in a van together at Bonnaroo. She added that Vazquez tried to initiate sex without her consent in 2012 and 2015.
A fourth woman who asked to remain unnamed added that she took hallucinogenic mushrooms with Vazquez in 2013, at which point he took her to his apartment. The woman told him she didn't want to have sex, but she alleges that he performed oral sex on her and put his penis in her mouth.
Throughout the Pitchfork piece, Vazquez commented on all of the allegations, apologizing to the women involved. He also shared the following statement:
I know I still have a lot of unlearning to do regarding sex, ego, pride, and masculinity. I'm learning to recognize the toxic ideals of masculinity that I unthinkingly bought into. I compulsively sought validation through sex, selfishly unaware of the harm I was causing. I'm trying to be vigilant about consent, have more direct conversations, check myself and really be present and attentive to the wants and needs of the women in my life and not just in sexual relationships but in my relationships with all women. I'm trying to not prioritize my wants and needs over the wants and needs of others. I'm trying to be as open as possible and listen as much as possible and not try to inject my ego into every situation I find myself in. I am learning to confront myself now so that I may transform my toxic patterns for the sake of my daughter, my family and friends, my girlfriend, my community and myself. I want to utilize whatever is left of my marginal celebrity to help foster more healthy ideas of masculinity and challenge the expectations that arise from gender binaries. I don't want to cause anyone any more pain. I don't want to be a source of trauma. I want a clear mind and an open heart.