Published Jun 07, 2018Late last month, hip-hop outfit Brockhampton made the decision to kick out member Ameer Vann after multiple women came forward online to accuse him of sexual assault. In the wake of the accusations, Vann stated he had "never criminally harmed anyone or disrespected their boundaries" and "never had relations with a minor or violated anybody's consent."
Now, Pitchfork has published accounts from two women detailing their allegations of physical and emotional abuse from Vann. The site notes that neither of the women reported Vann's alleged conduct to police or other authorities.
The accounts below contain descriptions of alleged physical and emotional abuse that some readers may find disturbing. Vann has not been charged with any crimes relating to the allegations in a court of law.
In the Pitchfork article, the first woman, Shawna Berry, told the site that she and Vann engaged in a brief sexual relationship in January 2015. Berry said she had consented to intercourse, but not to the physical abuse that reportedly accompanied it.
Berry told Pitchfork that Vann bit and choked her, leaving bruises and causing her to briefly lose consciousness on one occasion. Whenever she protested Vann's alleged actions, Berry said he would "punish" her by restraining her limbs and aggressively spanking her.
Berry told the site that she initially viewed Vann's alleged behaviour as a form of BDSM, but ended the relationship after realizing that "my body could not handle what Ameer was putting me through." A former roommate of Berry's also corroborated the reports to Pitchfork.
"If I told him I didn't like something, it only made him want to do it more," Berry wrote to Pitchfork in an email. "I had no idea what was to be expected, and once it started I had no way to end it."
The second woman in the article, Rhett Rowan, had previously come forward online to allege that Vann that "emotionally manipulative and mentally abusive" during a relationship in 2015. Rowan told Pitchfork that Vann choked her until her vision turned black, bit her and held her down during sex, resulting in bruises.
"I just thought we had this experimental type of sex life, and I convinced myself it was 'cool' even though it hurt," she wrote to Pitchfork in an email. "The sex itself was consensual, but not what he'd do, and saying stop was not an option."
You can read the accounts of both women here.
In the wake of the allegations, Brockhampton cancelled their remaining tour dates and alluded to the potential delay of their forthcoming Puppy LP.
Vann did not respond to Pitchfork's requests for comment on the accounts. Spokespeople for Brockhampton and the band's label, RCA, also declined to comment.