Similar to how Zimbabwean songstress Shashl claims that Chillspot Records producer levels demanded of her, American musician Ashanti claims a music producer insisted she takes a shower with him or face a hefty recording bill.
The 42-year-old singer explained she had a “crazy situation with one producer” she had worked with for several weeks, who then ordered her to get naked with him or face paying him $40,000 (about R698 000) for each track he recorded with her.
Speaking on the “Breakfast Club” radio show, Ashanti explained: “We did two records together, he was like, ‘Okay, I’m not gonna charge you, you know you my homie’.
“When it came time to put it on the album, he was like, ‘Well, let’s take a shower together’. I thought he was joking, and then he was like, ‘Nah, I’m dead serious. Let’s go out, or let’s take a shower together, and I’ll give you the records. If not, I need 40 racks per record’.” Ashanti said.
She added: “I thought he was joking because we had been working together for a couple of weeks. But it turns out that he was serious. I had to make some phone calls, and stuff was handled. It was wild.”
Ashanti did not name the man involved but previously spoke out about the same incident back in 2018 when she revealed she turned down a producer who had “a little crush” on her, and “all of a sudden, the track became $45K”.
She said her family stepped in, and the man apologised by giving her “three records for free”, adding: “And I got two of them mixed and mastered for free.”
For the past week, Levels has been in hiding after his bedroom video with Shashl leaked and she in turn made police report claiming that Levels asked for sexual favours before he could record her.
According to a police memo, sometime in July 2021 DJ Levels allegedly forced himself on musician Shashl, real name Ashleigh Moyo before they were in a relationship.
“The report was made late yesterday (Sunday) and the police are still investigating. We appeal to the public and the media to allow the police carry out investigations. We will produce a detailed statement in due course,” national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said.
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Sometime in July 2021 date unknown the accused person and the complainant were not yet in a relationship but were working together in music at Chillspot studio in Mbare. On an unknown date in July 2021 the accused asked the complainant to pass through his place of residence to take his car since they were using the complainant’s car and they were coming from the studio . When they were at the accused’s place they got inside the house.While inside the house they started kissing at the same time the accused pushed the complainant into his bedroom.
Then the complainant stopped kissing and informed the accused that she wanted to reach home before curfew time. When the complainant was about to leave the bedroom, the accused grabbed the complainant by her trousers pulled them down to thigh level and pushed her onto the bed and fell down facing upwards. The accused person forced himself on top of the complainant.He pulled her pant the level just below his buttocks.
The matter came to light when the accused person send some n__ude videos and pictures of him and the complainant. The reason for him to send those n__ude videos and pictures is that they broke up and this didn’t go well with the accused person.