As accusations continue to swirl, VLONE fashion line co-founder A$ AP Bari is speaking out on his own behalf.
The New York native has been accused of sexually assaulting a young woman. Video footage surfaced online showing Bari, born Jabari Shelton, uncovering the alleged nude victim and ordering her to perform oral sex on him.
“You f—ed my assistant, now you’re going to suck my d—,” he shouts in the clip before slapping her butt and following her off camera.
The footage has been deleted off the SoledOut Instagram account on which it initially appeared, though it continues to make its rounds online.
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In a statement issued online on Thursday, Shelton claimed the explicit video was “misleading.” He said the woman featured in the clip is a friend, adding that the issue had been resolved.
In closing, the A$ AP Mob affiliate said he was disappointed in himself and planned to reevaluate his behavior for the future.
“A misleading video clip featuring adult content and activity has been released to the public without my knowledge or consent,” Shelton said.
“Comments about myself or anyone being detained or arrested are false. We have resolved this issue amicably among all parties as adults. We were friends before this and will remain friends afterwards. Being raised by strong women who taught me to respect everyone, I’m disappointed in the situation as well as myself and will reflect on the situation appropriately,” he continued.
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Shelton previously spoke on the clip on Twitter, calling out “fake edit videos.” That tweet has also been deleted.
While he claims that the situation has ended, Ian Connor — the controversial close friend of A$ AP Mob leader A$ AP Rocky — is adding fuel to the fire. He tweeted out a suggestive message about other incriminating videos he had of Shelton.
Connor also shared a photo of a woman who accused him of sexual assault in April 2016, speculating that Shelton paid her to come forward with false accusations to suppress his rising star in the fashion industry. Connor’s accusations remain unfounded.
He has declined to share the footage he claims to have of Shelton.
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The bad blood between Shelton and Connor runs deep. In June 2016 the pair got into a fight during an event in Paris. The fight apparently started with rapper Theophilus London bringing up the allegations against Connor, which extend beyond the one previously mentioned.
After Connor swung on the musician, Bari got involved in the scuffle.
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