Story highlights Diplo, who starred in the music video for Selena Gomez’s “Wolves,” is being sued by his ex-girlfriend for sexual battery and sexual harassment.
While it’s common for women and men to file lawsuits against each other for sexual offenses, it’s pretty interesting that Diplo, who stars in the music video for Selena Gomez’s “Wolves,” is being sued by his ex-girlfriend for sexual battery and sexual harassment.
According to a civil complaint filed by a woman named Naiomi Farris on June 1, Diplo, born Thomas Wesley Pentz, groomed Farris to become his “homosexual confederate.”
The suit alleges that Diplo “dragged” Farris from party to party to ensure that she’d have sexual encounters with him for his enjoyment. Farris says this happened over the course of over a year, and that Diplo not only found her sexually attractive, but also claimed that he was attracted to men.
After some open and honest conversations, the pair eventually met up at a party in California in March 2017. Diplo allegedly penetrated Farris orally and while she slept, even after she complained to him that her boyfriend was disturbed by it.
The suit also says that Farris alleges that after that party, Diplo manipulated Farris into trading sex for alcohol, even offering to do so if she “dropped $5,000 to avoid prosecution” and that he gave her a sexually transmitted disease. The suit details that Farris contacted her physician to seek medical attention for the STD he infected her with.
She further alleges that Diplo seemed more concerned about his career and her reputation than ever before.
If Farris’ claims hold weight, then they appear to be on point. After all, Diplo has admitted in an interview with The Guardian that he and Gomez had a sexual relationship. Also, the terms of “Wolves” actually address the issue. The chorus reads: “I won’t let you leave me tonight because I won’t let you leave me / Without a wave goodbye, aren’t gonna let you leave.” Gomez certainly seems to think there’s more to this story, and she addressed the court documents in a post on Instagram. “I’ve wanted to share this for a while now and the court documents and the story and account of this woman is pretty gut-wrenching, something I wanted to keep private for some reason,” she wrote. “So I did. It’s amazing how it can be blown out of proportion and taken completely out of context. Those words, the music video and everything else has been a touch of negativity and dark. But people deserve to feel the light, but they don’t.” This isn’t the first time that Diplo has been accused of sexual misconduct. In 2016, a woman named Gabrielle D’Alemberte accused Diplo of being abusive and misogynistic. She told The Independent that while they were dating, Diplo was “physically, emotionally and sexually abusive” toward her. He once sent her a text about the “tongue in ass” that she “enjoyed,” she says. Two months after their breakup, D’Alemberte was fired from her day job as an engineer in charge of sales for a company that Diplo produced.
There’s still more to be learned, including Farris’ exact cause of and diagnosis of the STD, and whether or not Diplo sought to cover up his acts of abuse or secretly donated the $5,000 he allegedly offered her.
To learn more about sexual misconduct allegations filed against Diplo, check out the full story here.