On Thursday, a photographer has filed a lawsuit of $50 million against music producer Damon Dash in U.S. District Court. The photographer accused the music producer, a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, of physically assaulting her.
In the complaint, Monique Bunn, a photographer, stated that she was hired by Dash in April to do a photoshoot for his company Poppington, a fashion company in cooperation with his Damon Dash Studios. Monique Bunn is known for her work shooting hip-hop artists.
After the first day of shooting on April 18, the photographer says she moved back to the shared residence of Dash and his spouse Raquel Horn. According to the filing, the photographer was informed that she was staying in Dash’s daughter’s room, upon arriving at the house of the music producer.
Bunn says that later that night, she was woken up by Dash, who had “kept his hand on Bunn’s breasts” and other parts of her body.
“The music producer approached her and placed his hand on Bunn’s breasts and laid hands on Bunn’s buttocks without her permission or consent while she was sleeping.” the filing states.
The complaint states that “The music producer was wearing a robe and was not wearing any undergarments. Dash had been taking alcohol and smoking all day.”
Christopher Brown, Bunn’s attorney, said that “Ms. Bunn looks ahead to having a jury determine the case.”
The complaint continues that “Bunn was capable of getting Dash’s hands off her busts and buttocks,” and that Bunn said to Dash that she would “fight” him. The music producer then left the room. Bunn stayed remained in Dash’s home and “did not relax that evening.”
The photographer also accuses Dash of wrongly claiming that he had “a deal with WETV” to make a docuseries based around the photographer’s life to “keep her silent” about the crime.
Bunn accused Dash, Poppington LLC, and Damon Dash Studios of theft by conversion and negligent emotional distress, in the complaint.