Charlamagne Tha God — one of the hosts on the morning radio show "The Breakfast Club" — was arrested years ago on a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor after a 15-year-old girl accused him of rape. He ended up pleading guilty to a much lesser charge, but now the alleged victim is all grown up and wants the criminal case against the star re-opened.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Charlamagne Tha God (aka Lenard Larry McKelvey) was arrested on July 2, 2001 on a warrant stemming from a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the 2nd degree, for an incident that allegedly occurred the month before.
More specifically, the documents accused the then 22-year-old Charlamagne of "willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously engage in penile/vaginal intercourse with a fifteen year old female child."
Prosecutors said on the morning of June 9, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the victim's mother, who had been told her daughter was sexually assaulted. The 15-year-old girl was transported to the local hospital where examinations by doctors corroborated her story that a sexual assault had occurred. The hospital also obtained a statement from the girl implicating Charlamagne in the alleged assault.
According to the police report, cops responded to the Short Stay Naval Recreational Center in Charleston, South Carolina on the early morning of June 9, 2001 in response to an alleged rape.
They came into contact with two females, one of them being Jessica Reid. Police noted the girls appeared very intoxicated and did not know where they were or how they got to the location. Reid was "crying uncontrollably" and her friend explained that someone had picked them up from a nearby residence and "gave them a liquid to drink" that one of the girls claimed "tasted like soda."
Reid's friend said the last thing she remembered was waking up "with a man trying to kiss her." She told the officer she fought the man off, and then found Reid "in the room across from where she was, naked and crying stating that she had been raped." The girl then called her mom, who called 911.
During the case, Reid was uncooperative with the prosecution and, as a result, they felt a conviction of Charlamagne on the arrested charge would be impossible. He ultimately pled guilty to a lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to 3 years of probation.
The case was disposed in 2002.
Fast forward 16 years later and 32-year-old Jessica Reid now says she never received closure on the incident and has not "been able to get over it."
Reid's mother, Joslyn, tells The Blast she was trying to protect her daughter from suffering when she was 15-years-old and stopped her from cooperating in the prosecution. Joslyn says she now supports her daughter "100%" and believes closure is needed to truly end Jessica's "suffering and pain."
We're told Reid is seeking legal representation and wants to re-open the criminal case against Charlamagne. Joslyn says she and her daughter have already notified officials in Berkeley County about their intentions and requested information on the steps needed to go forward.
Although too much time has passed for a civil case, South Carolina has no statute of limitations on prosecution for criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
The NY Times Bestselling Author is not one to shy away from controversy, especially regarding himself, and has previously addressed the incident. During an interview with DJ Akademiks, he addressed the rape charge but was adamant he did not commit the crime.
Joslyn said that the narrative the radio personality gave in the interview was "very hurtful," and claims it further contributed to her daughter's suffering.
During the initial investigation, Charlamagne did submit to DNA tests and cooperated in the case, and has maintained from the beginning that he did not sexually assault Jessica Reid.
We have reached out to Charlamagne's representatives, so far calls have not been returned.