Actor Jason Dottley has come forward with rape allegations against Benny Medina, Jennifer Lopez’s longtime manager. In an interview with The Advocate, Dottley goes into detail about the day, he claims, that Medina attempted to rape him.
Jason Dottley says that after he read about the allegations against Kevin Spacey, he found the strength to tell his story.
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Dottley, who says he carried the secret for almost ten years, was married at the time to TV writer and playwright Del Shores (they have since divorced). Dottley alleges that he was out at a Hollywood club with his friend, actor T. Ashanti Mozelle, when they met Medina, who invited them to his L.A. mansion. Dottley says that he was very open about the fact that he was married and was wearing a wedding ring.
“We drive up there and he welcomes us in and he says, ‘Do you want a tour of the house…?’ And we’re like, ‘Yes, please,'” Dottley recalls to The Advocate. “He brings us out to his beautiful swimming pool … my friend [Mozelle] says, ‘I think I’m going to take a little dip,’ so he undresses down to his underwear. And I’m thinking to myself, He’s trying to get it, he’s trying to get it…”
Dottley believed that Medina was trying to hook up with his friend, but that all changed when they got to Medina’s bedroom. Dottley alleges that Medina “stuck his tongue” down Dottley’s throat. Dottley claims he told Medina to stop and reiterated that he was married by pointing to his ring.
According to Dottley, that didn’t stop Medina, who became more aggressive.
“I’m having you,” Medina allegedly said to him.
“His forearm was bearing down on my neck so hard that I don’t know how much longer I would have remained conscious,” Dottley told The Advocate. The two struggled for a bit and that is when his friend rushed to the room to help him.
“[Mozelle] burst in the room and screamed something like, ‘Get off him!’ I don’t remember [exactly] what he said, but whatever he said worked,” Dottley said. “Benny Medina got off of me and grabbed me again by the chest of my shirt and threw me at — not to, but at — his bedroom door and all he said was ‘You two get the fuck out of here.'”
Dottley also said that since the alleged attack, Medina threatened him and his former husband.
While Medina is best known for being J.Lo’s long-time manager, he’s also a high-level Hollywood producer.
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Dottley says that he told his current agent that he never wanted to be sent to any casting or projects associated with Medina.
Dottley also says that he is not planning on suing Medina and doesn’t want any kind of settlement. He says he just wanted to share his story to help others come forward with their stories.
Lawyers for Medina vehemently deny the claim made against him.
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“Benny Medina categorically denies the allegation of attempted rape,” attorneys Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley told People magazine.
In 2003, Lopez fired Medina for claiming he “illegally contracted work on her behalf and misappropriated more than $100,000,” The New York Times reports. However, they resolved their issues and continued to work together.