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The Oakland rapper Too Short currently faces a lawsuit from a former collaborator, Teana Louis, who accuses the artist of sexual battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, gender discrimination, and false imprisonment, according to a January report from TMZ. Louis claims the assaults took place between June and October 2016. Too Short, real name Todd Anthony Shaw, told the publication he believes the lawsuit “can only be extortion...they want money,” and that he had no choice but to countersue for “slander.”

Now, apparently, Louis is now suing Shaw for defamation, according to documents obtained by TMZ. She claims that he, by calling her lawsuit a form of extortion, and by claiming she’s only interested in money, has humiliated her, and that it is not true.


In his previous interview with TMZ, Shaw identified Louis as an artist that he previously wanted to sign, and that the sexual assault allegations stem from the fact that things did not work out between the two of them professionally. When asked if he ever had a consensual sexual encounter with Louis, Shaw said “She was not raped, the most we ever did was foreplay.”

In the documents TMZ reviewed, Louis accuses Shaw of forcing oral sex, vaginal sex, and sodomy.

We’ve reached out to Too Short’s team for comment on the defamation lawsuit and will update this post if we hear back.

Senior Writer, Jezebel

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