The Los Angeles city attorney’s office is currently mulling charges of invasion of privacy and intentionally giving someone a sexually transmitted disease. The accusations are based on a complaint an unnamed 25-year-old woman made with the Los Angeles Police Department in October 2020. In the complaint, the woman accused Diplo (real name Thomas Wesley Pentz), of recording and distributing sexually explicit videos of her without her consent, and knowingly infecting her with chlamydia.
The woman also told police that Pentz raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room after a concert in July 2019, although no charges were filed. Days after the alleged rape, the woman tested positive for chlamydia, per medical records, and the woman has claimed that, at the time, Pentz was her first and only sexual partner. (This allegation appears to be different from a sexual assault lawsuit against Pentz that also involved an alleged incident in Las Vegas, but was dropped in July.)
In a lengthy Instagram post, Diplo responded to the accusations from the woman, whom he referred to as a stalker and called “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 me and threaten my family,” Diplo wrote, adding that SA was not a minor when they engaged in sex, and he cited text messages that he shared in the post. “I had a night of consensual sex with her.
“After that experience, we had exchanged texts for a few months, there was small talk, a 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,” he wrote. “It began a nightmare of almost three years of her harassing and threatening me, my family and my friends.” He said that she began to offer “friends and other people” to have sex with, which made him “suspicious that she was engaging in criminal activity and was possibly a call girl.”
He shared a number of alleged explicit texts from SA and from other accounts, which he alleges were fake ones created by SA, and he blocked them, but went on to say they reconnected via Snapchat and had another sexual encounter with others while in Las Vegas, which led to the aforementioned lawsuit that was dropped in July. Diplo denies he raped her and gave her chlamydia, and shared alleged texts from SA that he claimed disproved those accusations. He also claimed that a previous lawyer for SA “threatened she would file a lawsuit against me if I did not pay her millions of dollars” but he claimed the lawyer dropped SA after he “would not give her a penny.”
“This is so frustrating and embarrassing. I am not this person and I won’t be extorted by anyone, no matter how stinging the press can be,” he concluded. “Even over the past two years I’ve never been bothered by these rumors, if anything it has made me stronger and smarter, all of my friends and partners have never questioned me and that was what has been important to me, the people in my life know me for who I really am. I will continue to do everything I can to end this in the most respectful way but I will not give in to lies and harassment.”
A spokesperson for the L.A. City Attorney told BuzzFeed, “We are reviewing the referral and have no further comment at this time.” The L.A. City Attorney’s office did not immediately return Rolling Stone’s request for comment.
The woman first brought her allegations against Pentz last year, detailing them in a request for a temporary restraining order against him, as well as a civil lawsuit filed earlier this year. Pentz not only denied the allegations at the time the first restraining order was filed, but he applied for his own, which was also granted; he also sued the woman for stalking, trespassing, and distribution of private materials. (Both restraining orders lapsed in January when lawyers for both parties didn’t show up at a hearing, prompting the judge to dismiss them.)