The Gaslamp Killer’s Defamation Lawsuit Against One Rape Accuser Thrown Out
In October, the Los Angeles beat producer and DJ William Benjamin Bensussen, who records music under the name the Gaslamp Killer, was accused of drugging and raping two women at a party in 2013. Bensussen denied the allegations, claiming that he had a consensual sexual encounter with the two women after they propositioned him, and a month later, he filed defamation lawsuits against both accusers.
Now, as Pitchfork reports out, one of those suits has been thrown out by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, who cited RaeAn Medina’s anti-SLAPP motion against him. (SLAPPs are “strategic lawsuit against public participation,” baseless lawsuits used to silence and harass critics.)
The other accuser, Chelsea Tadros, also filed an anti-SLAPP motion to strike the defamation suit against her, but the court denied her motion. Tadros’ attorneys have issued the following statement in response to the ruling: