The Gaslamp Killer Sues Over Rape Allegations

Last month, producer William Bensussen—best known by his stage name the Gaslamp Killer—was accused of drugging and raping two women in 2013. One of the alleged victims named Chelsea shared a statement via Twitter that detailed her experience of meeting Bensussen at a rooftop party in L.A. with a friend named RaeAn, claiming that the producer gave them drugged drinks, raped them, and later returned them to the front of the hotel. Bensussen denied the allegations. Now, he’s suing Chelsea, RaeAn, and Chelsea’s boyfriend (who shared the story) for defamation, TMZ reports. The complaint, obtained by Pitchfork, calls the allegations “malicious and fabricated” and refers to the sexual encounter as “consensual.” He’s suing for at least $5 million in damages.

The complaint presents two alleged witnesses—“Christopher S.” and “Peter R.” Christopher claims that he watched Bensussen obtain the drinks, that he “could see the drinks the entire time,” and that he didn’t see Bensussen “spike, tamper with, or put anything in the drinks.” Christopher also claimed that the two women approached Bensussen about having sex. Peter R., Bensussen’s housemate, claimed that the two women walked out of the house with Bensussen “under their own power and did not appear incapacitated.”

Following the allegations, record label Brainfeeder and the L.A. event collective Low End Theory both cut ties with Benssussen and released respective statements denouncing the DJ.

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