Octavian responds to recent allegations made against him

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The allegations:

What seems to be a toxic relationship has now come to light via social media. Octavian is dropping his album and his song with Skepta was recently used on an official government campaign video in the USA.

Was this just a toxic relationship that needed to end behind closed doors?

Has he ever beat her up before?

Is this old news and she’s just bringing everything to light now for clout because she’s jealous of his recent success?

Did he actually beat her up or was she forcing her unwanted presence and he was trying to push her out?

Was he on drugs when texting her? (coke)

Is she screaming extra loud because she knows she’s filming and plans to get him cancelled?

Did she ever attack him?

Were the police called?

Did he force her to get an abortion?

Was it just a love hate relationship?

 

Skepta is also on the receiving end of this backlash, due to his involvement with artists that seem to be a bit offkey.

Are people coming for skepta because he is the most famous name attached to Octavian and happens to be on his latest track?

Is it fair for people to judge Skepta based on what people around him have done?

Do you think Skepta is sick of being roped into **** that’s nothing to do with him?

Why doesn’t Skepta ever speak out about situations?

Will people still care about this situation next week?

 

 

Below, here is an article I got online

French-British rapper Octavian (AKA Octavian Oliver Godji) has denied allegations of verbal, physical and emotional abuse made by a former partner.

In a series of posts on Instagram and Twitter, his ex-girlfriend, a musician known as Emo Baby, said she had been in a relationship with the rapper for three years. She claimed that he first physically abused her in April 2020 when she became pregnant with his child. “After pressuring me to get an abortion, he attacked me for the first time, kicked me in my stomach, burst my lip, attacked me with a hammer and threatened to kill me,” she wrote.

She shared screenshots of messages between the pair following the alleged attack in which Octavian described his actions as “bad karma”. She said that she was later asked but refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement about the alleged incident in exchange for £20,000.

She posted a video that she said showed Octavian attacking her. In the shaky footage taken inside a kitchen, a man can be heard saying, “You’re ******* disrespecting the **** out of me” as a woman cries and pleads with him to stop hurting her. In a second video, the rapper can be seen saying that he will “beat the **** out of you cos you won’t get out of my house”.

Posting on Instagram stories, Octavian accused the woman of lying and characterised her allegations as “real life abuse”. He said that she had waited to share her allegations until the day prior to the release of his debut album to “ruin my life”.

He said he would soon post “evidence” that the woman is “obsessed and will never let me alone or let me win”. He also said that he would post “evidence” that the videos showed him “trying to get my phone to book an Uber to leave”.

His statements contradict posts he shared when the woman’s allegations first surfaced earlier this year. Then, Octavian posted on Instagram stories that he “did some bad things out of anger and frustration, I participated very provoked in abuse”. He described their relationship as toxic and said: “As a man this is completely wrong. I hate myself for what I’ve done.” He later posted that she had manipulated him and used allegations of abuse for “clout”.

Pattern Publicity, which had been representing Octavian prior to the release of his debut album Alpha on 13 November, said in a statement that they had severed ties with the rapper: “After these allegations have come to light, we have stopped all work with Octavian as we cannot condone, nor support, abusive behaviour.”

In September 2020, Technique PR resigned from working with Octavian after hearing of his alleged abusive behaviour.

The woman said that guest stars had pulled out of appearing on Alpha as her allegations spread. A press release said that 21 Savage, Future, Skepta, Headie One, Teni, Gunna, Saint Jhn and more were due to feature on the record. The prerelease singles with Gunna/Saint Jhn and Skepta remain on streaming services. The Guardian has contacted Octavian’s label, Black Butter, for comment.

The woman posted numerous photographs of cuts and bruises that she said were a result of Octavian’s physical abuse, and said that he controlled her Instagram account and her interactions with other people. “Eventually I wasn’t able to communicate with others without being put down or accused of being too friendly or ‘approachable’, which would result in punishment from him.”

She said she left the relationship after the alleged attack in April and started legal proceedings against Octavian and his associates; she said he “begged for me back”, apologised to her friends and family and attended two sessions of couples therapy. “After a few weeks, he refused to pay for the therapy and returned to his old habits; physical, violent and emotional abuse.”

She accused Octavian of being addicted to cocaine and using it as an “excuse for his behaviour or a reason for me to stick by him”. She said: “He would always resort back to abusing me – but the thing that disturbs me most is he would justify his behaviour by telling me ‘if I was a boy it would be so much worse’ or it is ‘deserved as nobody can disrespect or speak back to him’”.

She called out the “enablers” who had allowed Octavian to continue with his alleged behaviour. “There are a series of grown adults who were witness to my abuse over the years, and not only allowed it to happen but sought to cover it up because of the privileges and lifestyle they were enabled by maintaining Octavian’s image.”

The woman said that she had filed a police report and that she was in a different country for her “safety and wellbeing”. She said she shared her allegations prior to the release of Octavian’s album because she didn’t want anyone to look up to him. She said his record contained a song called Rocks Smiles about “two men attacking me” and how he wants to “kill me for telling everyone what he has done”.

Her allegations drew support from pop star Dua Lipa who posted on Instagram contact details for domestic abuse allegations and details of how to support abuse victims with the caption: “**** Octavian.” BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Tiffany Calver called the woman “a warrior” on Instagram, where British rappers Iamddb and Chlobocop and singer Rachel Chinouriri also gave her their backing.

In 2019, Octavian won the annual BBC Sound of … poll that tips artists for major success. Signed to Black Butter records, a subsidiary of Sony, he has released two mixtapes and an EP, and collaborated with artists including Gorillaz, Skepta, Diplo and Mura Masa, and received early support from Drake. Emo Baby released her debut, self-titled EP this year.

 

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