Songwriter linked to Beyoncé accused of rape and human trafficking

 June 6, 2024

Terius "The Dream" Adamu Ya Gesteelde-Diamant is a Grammy Award-winning R&B singer and songwriter who has worked with such stars as Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, and Rihanna.

However, shocking allegations were recently leveled against Gesteelde-Diamant in a lawsuit filed this week by a female recording artist.  

Complaint describes imprisonment and repeated sexual assaults by plaintiff

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chanaaz Mangroe has accused Gesteelde-Diamant of trapping her in an "abusive, violent and manipulative relationship."

It allegedly included "physical assaults, violent sexual encounters, and horrific psychological manipulation" alongside false promises to forward her career.

In one instance, he is said to have "locked Ms. Mangroe in a dark room adjacent to a recording studio, violently having sex with her."

Following this, Gesteelde-Diamant purportedly left Mangroe "alone, naked in the dark, for hours on end, returning to again have sex with her and demand that she tell him she loved him."

Lawsuit alleges that record labels were aware of Gesteelde-Diamant's behavior

The complaint also asserts that in another incident, Gesteelde-Diamant began choking Mangroe after she refused his sexual advances. It maintains that when then the plaintiff "began to pass out," Gesteelde-Diamant "continued to scream that she was taking advantage of him."

Mangroe further contends that the abuse was not only perpetrated by Gesteelde-Diamant, as he also trafficked her to other men in multiple states.

In addition to Gesteelde-Diamant, the lawsuit goes on to name music labels Contra Paris and Epic Records as codefendants, accusing both companies of "knowing that Ms. Mangroe had been the subject of Dream's violent and coercive manipulation."

The Reporter noted that this is not the first time Gesteelde-Diamant has faced criminal allegations, as in 2013 his ex-girlfriend accused him in a police report of strangling her while she was pregnant. The case was later dismissed.

Gesteelde-Diamant is "deeply offended and saddened by these accusations"

For his part, Gesteelde-Diamant issued a statement to The New York Times in which he denied any wrongdoing, insisting that Mangroe's "claims are untrue and defamatory."

"I oppose all forms of harassment and have always strived to help people realize their career goals," the singer and songwriter continued.

Gesteelde-Diamant concluded by asserting, "As someone committed to making a positive impact on my fellow artists and the world at large, I am deeply offended and saddened by these accusations."

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