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The-Dream Accused of Rape, Sexual Battery, and Sex Trafficking in New Lawsuit

The Grammy-winning producer, who has written for Beyoncé and Justin Bieber, denies all allegations.

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Chanaaz Mangroe, also known as “Channii Monroe ” has taken action, against music producer The Dream (real name Terius Gesteelde Diamant) accusing him of rape, sex trafficking and sexual battery.

The lawsuit was filed by Mangroe in the United States District Court in California. She claims that Gesteelde Diamant coerced her into a “violent and manipulative relationship” with the musician in 2015 when she was 23. She referred to the situation as “nothing short of a prolonged nightmare.”

According to the filing Mangroe alleges that Gesteelde Diamant “lured the young and vulnerable artist into an abusive, violent and manipulative relationship filled with physical assaults, violent sexual encounters and horrific psychological manipulation.” It is also stated that Gesteelde Diamant “used his age and influence in the industry to manipulate the young artist into believing that she needed him to be successful, and roped her into his world through false promises.”

Mangroe further asserts that Gesteelde Diamant exploited her by offering to write hit songs for her monitoring her every move and overseeing all aspects of her music career. She also claimed that he promised her an opening slot on a Beyoncé tour.

The singer detailed instances of “violent sexual acts” that allegedly occurred during their personal and professional interactions. Mangroe recounted how Gesteelde Diamant allegedly confined her “in a dark room adjacent to a recording studio, violently having sex with her and then leaving her alone, naked in the dark, for hours on end, returning to again have sex with her and demand that she tell him she loved him.” She also claimed that Gesteelde Diamant nearly choked her into unconsciousness on another occasion.

In a statement released to TheWrap attorneys Douglas H. Wigdor and Meredith Firetog from Wigdor LLP, who represent Mangroe said “This is yet another horrific example of how men in the music industry use their power and influence to manipulate and harm others. Dream, like Sean Combs did with Ms. Ventura and others, used his standing as a prominent recording artist and producer to subject Ms. Mangroe to vicious physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. While she will never fully recover from what he and those who supported him did to her, her willingness to speak out now is evidence of her extraordinary strength. We are honored to represent her.”

Mangroe revealed that “choosing to speak out about the trauma I survived has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life, but ultimately, what Dream did to me made it impossible to live the life I envisioned for myself and pursue my goals as a singer and songwriter.”

“Ultimately, my silence has become too painful,” she added, “and I realized that I need to tell my story to heal. I hope that doing so will also help others and prevent future horrific abuse.”

When contacted by TheWrap for a comment Gesteelde Diamant did not respond. However they refuted the allegations in a statement to the New York Times claiming that “These claims are untrue and defamatory … I oppose all forms of harassment and have always strived to help people realize their career goals. As someone committed to making a positive impact on my fellow artists and the world at large, I am deeply offended and saddened by these accusations.”

Gesteelde Diamant, a producer with eight Grammy awards under his belt has been active in the music industry for over two decades. Initially recognized as a songwriter he gained fame with his 2007 album “Love/Hate ” featuring tracks like “Falsetto ” “I Luv Your Girl ” and “Shawty Is Da S—t.” He is also known for penning chart toppers such, as Beyoncés “Single Ladies,” Mariah Careys “Obsessed,” and Justin Biebers “Baby” featuring Ludacris.