Diplo Seeks $1.2 Million in Revenge Porn Case: ‘Justice Has Prevailed’

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Diplo won a decision against a woman he accused of harassment after their sexual relationship ended.

The DJ and producer — real name Thomas Wesley Pentz — had accused the woman of being a “stalker” and harassing her family, including the mother of one of her children.

The musician sued Shelly Auguste in 2021 and their case went to arbitration.

The arbitrator ruled in Diplo’s favor and he is now asking for $1.2 million to cover damages and legal costs.

Diplo attends the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards on June 05, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. He got a judgment against a woman in a revenge porn case.
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Diplo’s legal team filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court to order him to pay.

In the court application, Diplo’s attorney said “the arbitrator finds that Auguste’s credibility is lacking” and that she also had a history of harassment.

“On numerous occasions, his testimony about the circumstances of his relationship with Pentz was materially different from the documentary evidence presented…The record evidence contains significant inconsistencies that raise concerns about the credibility of much of Auguste’s testimony. “Diplo’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, said in the court filing.

In the court filing, which was provided to Newsweek, Freedman pointed to Auguste’s history of bullying and harassment, and how “the recorded judge expressed discomfort with Auguste’s perceived disrespect for authority and ordered Auguste to undergo a mental health evaluation. “.

“We are all extremely happy for Wes [Diplo] and his family. What happened here is simple,” Freedman said in a statement provided to Newsweek.

“The arbitrator considered all the facts. She assessed the evidence impartially. And justice prevailed.”

Diplo and Auguste had a short-lived fling in 2019, which consisted of “one night of consensual sex” and a few text messages in the months that followed, but things turned sour and he accused her of harassment and of harassment.

Diplo’s legal team described Auguste as an “obsessive and unstable fan” who wanted to make money from her relationship with him.

After their affair, the two men took temporary restraining orders against each other.

The DJ accused Auguste of harassment, trespassing and distributing private material.

She said he recorded sexually explicit videos without her permission and distributed at least one without her consent, for which he could have faced criminal charges.

The plaintiff also sued Diplo for sexual assault and gender-based violence, including forcing her to perform a sex act on him.

She later dropped the lawsuit in July 2021 saying she regretted filing it.

“In light of the evidence and after consultation with my lawyers, I have decided to withdraw my lawsuit,” read a statement from Auguste.

“No payment was offered or requested. I regret filing the complaint.”

Diplo spoke out against Auguste’s accusations in a lengthy Instagram post and described “a nearly three-year nightmare of her harassing and threatening me, my family and friends.”

“It was my goal never to approach a stalker,” he wrote.

“She was an obsessed fan of mine, and after I cut off all contact with her, it seems her sole purpose in life was to disrupt my work, my business, to harass me and my close friends, to attack and threaten my family.

“To be clear, SA [Shelly Auguste] was not a minor when I had conversations or sexual relations with her. His own text messages admit it.”

Diplo also alleged that Auguste sent him negative texts about Jevon King, the mother of his third child, born in 2020.

“It’s so frustrating and embarrassing,” Diplo wrote. “I am not that person and I will not be extorted by anyone, no matter how scathing the press may be.

“Even in the past two years I have never been bothered by these rumors, if anything, it has made me stronger and smarter, all my friends and partners have never asked me questions and that’s what was important to me.

“People in my life know me for who I really am. I will continue to do everything I can to end this in the most respectful way but I will not give in to lies and harassment.”

Newsweek has contacted Auguste representatives for comment.

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