Diplo has responded to sexual assault allegations made against him nearly a year ago.
The DJ and producer started his post by saying he never intended to address his’ stalker.’ The artist Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, tells his side of the story. The caption for the story reads, “Here’s a story about how a stalker scammed her way into my life and tried to extort me for millions and then sued me when she didn’t get what she wanted.”
“It was my goal to never address a stalker. I will refer to her as ‘SA’… she was an obsessed fan of mine, and after I relinquished all contact with her, it appears that her only purpose in life has been to disrupt my work, my business, harass me and my close friends, and attack and threaten my family,” the statement from Diplo begins. “To be clear, SA was not a minor when I had conversations or sexual intercourse with her. Her own text messages admit this. More on this below.”
“I had a night of consensual sex with her. Basically, SA reached out to me and I declined a few times but at one time decided to meet her. After that experience, we exchanged texts for a few months, there was small talk, sexual flirting, she would send me pics and videos.”
“Eventually it got too much to handle and I stopped contact with her when I realized she had started to become obsessed with me. It began a nightmare of almost three years of her harassing and threatening me, my family, and my friends.”
“SA would offer her friends and other people to have sexual experiences with, and that’s when I began to get suspicious that she was engaging in criminal activity, and was possibly a call girl,” the statement continues. It continues into admitting that she flew to Las Vegas with a group of friends for one of his shows.
“Her and her friends ended up at an after party and asked me to go to my room. We all ended up having sex that night and as one of the girls left, she said (about SA) ‘You need to stop talking to this girl, she’s crazy and has it out for you.'”
The Diplo post then details allegations of the woman posting about her experiences on the web, which she painted as sexual assault.
“When publications call her an ex or a ‘fling’ it made me sick to my stomach because the girl was nothing but a scammer that coerced me into meeting her twice,” Diplo says in his Instagram post. He also details how he was harassed and stalked and how the woman threatened to hire an attorney “if I did not pay her millions of dollars.”
“I am not this person and I won’t be extorted by anyone no matter how stinging the press can be,” Diplo continues. The full post contains receipts of conversations between Pentz and the woman he calls SA.
The Los Angeles city attorney’s office is considering criminal charges against Diplo. Those charges stem from invasion of privacy and intentionally giving someone an STD. “We are reviewing the referral and have no further comment at this time,” Rob Wilcox, a spokesperson for the LA city attorney told BuzzFeed News.