Seattle rapper Solomon “Raz” Simone is being sued by five women who said he sexually abused and/or sex-trafficked them.
According to one of the women, Pearl, Raz pimped her out in Las Vegas and Seattle. She spoke to KUOW about the consequences of disobeying him.
"When she was with Simone, there were consequences when she didn’t obey him, she said. Simone held her captive for three days within a confined space, a sleeping pod, she said, a half mile north of Seattle Police buildings on Airport Way. She said more than once he forcibly had sex with her and strangled her ... Pearl spent more than a year in Vegas, stripping and performing sex acts to meet Simone’s quota, she said. She lived in a constant state of fear, the lawsuit says, because Simone had a key to her apartment, where he showed up unannounced."
Pearl and the other four women in the suit (one isn't accusing him of sex trafficking, just abuse) say they tried to get the police to look into Simone, but after four years with no charges, they decided to go the civil route. They each want a million dollars.
Raz denies he pimped anyone out.
“It’s been a plan they put together years back,” Simone said. “The money’s on the line, and they’re using it like a class-action lawsuit.”
Raz gained notoriety in 2020 as one of the leaders in Seattle's controversial CHOP zone, a six-block area in the city's Capitol Hill region that police abandoned during the George Floyd protests.
Prior to that he had opened for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.