Floyd Mayweather has been sued by 18 women in a New York City civil trial which claims he raped them and that Live Nation Entertainment helped cover up the alleged crimes.
The trial dates back to 2013, the same year that the former boxing champion was acquitted on rape and domestic violence charges related to a strip club brawl.
The women – who claim they were paid $1,250 to strip for Mayweather and his entourage – now claim that Live Nation Entertainment promoted the event to the general public for profit, and failed to take proper security measures for women that attended the event at the Midtown Rhythm Room in Manhattan.
None of the women attended the trial, and many of the women testified anonymously, like Demi Mayo who claimed that she was raped by Mayweather and his entourage while in the back of an SUV in 2004.
“I remember everything that happened, every ounce of it,” she said in court. “The next thing I know I woke up in some motel bed. I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t do anything. I remember seeing a naked man, I remember seeing Floyd after the incident, and I remember seeing my cell phone in the aftermath with no money in it.”
Mayweather was not at the trial.
There were another 22 charges of sexual assault brought against Mayweather but none of those charges were ever attempted.
The trial alleges that each of the 18 women was subjected to sexual assaults with Mayweather and his entourage, and alleges that Live Nation Entertainment was responsible for publicising the event for profit.
Some of the women say that the images of their vehicles at the event were beamed to Live Nation Entertainment offices, which is proof that they were sexually assaulted.
Live Nation Entertainment says the women who launched the lawsuit are requesting for the highest court in the world to settle issues relating to live entertainment – while the judge in the trial said the only thing that matters is the truth.
“What is happening now is people are going to go to places like this, and if we don’t give money for them to settle with these people… I think it sends a message to people that things happen as they happen.”
“Things happen” is actually one of the famous line’s in TLC’s 1990 hit song Waterfalls, which refers to situations not amicable to all involved in such cases.