Amber Rose claims that more than 20 women have told her that Kanye West's fashion protégé Ian Connor assaulted them — and Connor's reaction is far from helping his case.
Rose, who dated West before he married Kim Kardashian, revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast that 21 women have contacted her about being assaulted by Connor. Seven women have formally come forward online.
"Because I have my SlutWalk, all of the women [who've accused Ian Connor] have reached out to me as well. They want to come to my SlutWalk and tell their story on my stage," Rose said. "I have that platform for them to do so. I'm not a lawyer. I can't prosecute anyone or say, 'What she's saying is exactly the truth.' I wasn't there. Honestly, seven came out and I'm pretty sure 21 women have reached out to me so far. So I'm assuming there are more [stories] coming out. It's innocent until proven guilty, but when you have 21 women from all over the world that do not know each other but have similar stories, it gets to the point where it's like… enough."
Rose is not the first person to bring these allegations to light. Several alleged victims have stepped forward to tell their own stories in recent years. But rather than defending himself like a mature adult, Connor decided that shaming the messenger and victim blaming were his best options.
Lol Cus This Bald Head Bitch Is Now The Law 21? Why The Fuck Hasn't 1 Charge Been Pressed? Somethings Not Right. https://t.co/CObCn9K7fE— Ian Connor (@souljaian) June 30, 2016
Wow! For A Few Retweets, Complex Fake Caring About Me and A Photoshoot With Amber Rose I Just Gotta Lie and Say Someone Raped Me On The Web?— Ian Connor (@souljaian) June 30, 2016
Connor also worked for Rose's ex, Wiz Khalifa.
We are not in the business of disbelieving women when they say they have been victimized. We will concede that it would suck pretty badly to stand accused of a horrendous crime if you were, in fact, innocent. However, if that is the case, better to let your legal counsel handle it than dig a deeper grave for yourself by reacting the way Connor did. This has quickly become a case of "Methinks he doth protest too much," and it's not a good look.
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