Sexual abuse on males is not only one of the most underreported crimes, but it also can be one that many don’t take seriously if the perpetrator is a woman.
A similar situation is currently at hand for The Wire actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, who pressed sex abuse charges against his ex-girlfriend for grabbing his butt on two separate occasions. His ex however, journalist Lola Adesioye, is saying that his claims are not only 100% false but that any contact between the two was 100% consensual.
Here’s some background info on the case, via New York Post:
“Akinnagbe — who played murderous drug organization enforcer Chris Partlow across three seasons of the acclaimed HBO crime drama — alleged that Lola Adesioye grabbed his buttocks during two separate encounters in May and June 2020, according to a criminal complaint.
Adesioye, a journalist whose work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian and the New Statesman, was arrested on May 26, 2021 and hit with charges including forcible touching, sexual abuse and harassment, public records show.
But Adesioye’s attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said Monday that they had evidence showing that Adesioye and Akinnagbe were in a consensual relationship, including three binders filled with flirty text messages exchanged between the pair since they met at a party in 2019, as well as photos of them together.”
The Post went on to, well, post a photo of the two together, and we’ve got to admit they look rather close and cozy. That’s not to say that a spouse and/or significant other can’t assault their partner solely because they’re in a relationship, but the past history between these two specifically, both on a personal and professional level, makes his claims seem a bit faulty.
In addition to the archived texts that prove they were intimate, Adesioye also physically moved into a property owned by Akinnagbe and ended up falling short on rent after not getting paid for all the press work she was doing for him. After their initial civil lawsuits against each other were settled — hers for labor, his for back rent — it was only then that he fired back with the sex assault charges.
Gottlieb, who calls the charges “blatantly false,” is hoping the judge sees this as nothing more than a case of a spited lover, telling The Post, “I’m hoping that the district attorney will do the right thing and dismiss the case.” Although the trial was set for today (August 2), the criminal case got postponed to Aug. 10 after prosecutors said they were not fully prepared.
We’d like to think that Gbenga Akinnagbe wouldn’t make light of something so serious as sexual assault in order to get back at his ex, but sadly the facts are starting to look that way. Let us know what you think about the situation.
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Mal Sparks ‘The Wire’ Vs. ‘Snowfall’ Debate, Twitter Is Very Invested
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Snowfall is "The Godfather" And The Wire is "Goodfellas"— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) April 15, 2021
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This how I know the wire is better https://t.co/PB0vT1ADUg— Eddie Gonzalez (@bansky) April 15, 2021
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Trying to lump any show about drugs in with THE WIRE is disrespectful on so many levels but mainly because it insinuates that was all THE WIRE was about.— Z (@ZTheJustOK) April 15, 2021
It’s like people who call THE SOPRANOS a “mob show”.
Just the most reductive way to describe those shows.
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Avon Barksdale is one of the greatest TV characters ever and he’s barely top 5 In The Wire. Sheesh that show had killers on it— Justmos1 (@Justmos11) April 15, 2021
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I can always appreciate the boldness of a person who comes on here and tries to convince people that a show is better than The Wire.— Jordan Takimoto (@JordanTakimoto) April 15, 2021
But, you just aren’t going to win that battle. pic.twitter.com/j8HADy1HOE
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I saw the wire trending and I thought it was coming back.... pic.twitter.com/6pYsaRN7ld— B-$moove777 (@Smoove00777) April 15, 2021
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Snowfall is great...but better than The Wire? LMFAOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/vxKbOj7wva— Five Stacks (@500KFlea) April 15, 2021
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Twitter announcement: I've decided to start over with The Wire for the 7th time. pic.twitter.com/FpCsUvWetJ— Zach | DZ (@TheDPZ_DZ) April 15, 2021
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The Wire has too many Gems.....Omar/Barksdale/Marlo/the police/schools/the docks...— E Double (@Hugrad95) April 15, 2021
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I love SNOWFALL. It is my favorite show on television, right now. However, you can tell the people who are saying it's better than The Wire are too young to remember just how phenomenal The Wire is/was.— Mike Hill (@ItsMikeHill) April 15, 2021
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If it was the Wire Franklin and Man Boy would've been dead by episode 3— G. Lamar Smith, Jr., Esq. (@buckheadlawyer) April 15, 2021
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I love Snowfall and The Wire equally 🤷🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/4kcLxVAwYi— StayFlyShoes (@stayflyshoes) April 15, 2021
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And Michael B Jordan as a Wallace?! Foh, there is nothing that compares to The Wire. pic.twitter.com/mwv2E3LVXD— Justine 🐘🐘🐘 (@SFBayAreaGirl) April 15, 2021
Victim Or Vilification? ‘The Wire’ Actor Claims Sex Abuse On Journalist Ex-Girlfriend was originally published on blackamericaweb.com