Victim Press Statement

CONTACT: GLORIA ALLRED
(323) 653-6530
Email: gallred@amglaw.com

I am very upset about what Mr. Taylor did to me. I never wanted to go to his hotel room. Rasheed ordered me to go there and have sex for money. When I refused, Rasheed beat me.

Rasheed punched me in the face. He made my nose bleed and gave me a black eye. He hit me so hard that my eye was swollen. He also stomped and kicked me.

Then, Rasheed forced me to take off my blue jeans and put on a dress. He then made me get into his car and go to the hotel.

I was very frightened and didn't know who I would meet in the hotel room or what the person there would do to me.

I had never had sex for money and didn't want to do it.

When I entered the hotel room, my hair was in a ponytail and I had no makeup on. There was some light in the room and I believe that Mr. Taylor could see my face and my swollen eye and how young I looked.

I also told him that this was my first time and that I was nervous and that I did not feel comfortable, but all he said was, "relax".

I did what he told me to do because I was afraid what would happen if I did not. I was afraid that I would be beaten again if I refused.

I am glad that Mr. Taylor has been prosecuted, but I am upset that he will not have to go to jail for what he did to me. I would have been willing to testify at a trial. I did testify before the grand jury in this case. I think Mr. Taylor should have to go to jail for what he did to me. My life has changed because of him. He took something precious from me. Everyday I look in the mirror and know that I am not the same. I am hurt and mentally very stressed because of this. It has been a nightmare that should never have happened to me and that should never happen to any other teenage girl.

It will take me a very long time to recover from his crime against me and I am not sure if I ever will.

Finally, I just want it to be known that I am not a prostitute, and it makes me sick that I have been labeled as one because of the decision to allow Mr. Taylor to plead guilty to patronizing a prostitute.

I am a victim and I am hurting.

Thank you, your Honor for allowing me to speak in your courtroom today.