LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A woman has dropped Trey Song's production company as a defendant in her $25 million lawsuit accusing the singer of sexual assault at a 2016 party in West Hills.
Attorneys for the plaintiff, identified in her complaint only as Jane Doe, filed court papers on Tuesday with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jill Feeney asking that Trey Songz Productions LLC be dismissed from the case "without prejudice," which allows the portion of the case against the company to be revived later.
The court papers do not state the reasoning for the plaintiff's decision. However, defense attorney Michael G. Freedman stated in his court papers that Doe's lawsuit showed no connection between her alleged injuries and Trey Songs Productions.
In a five-page answer to the complaint filed June 12 urging dismissal of Doe's case in its entirety, Freedman stated that one or more causes of action alleged in Doe's complaint are "barred on grounds that plaintiff consented to the physical contact alleged in her complaint."
The court papers also state that the plaintiff "delayed an unreasonable period of time in bringing her claims and/or prosecuting this lawsuit and therefore cannot recover on any cause of action alleged in her complaint."
According to the suit, Doe initially had a friendly relationship with the singer, now 38 and whose real name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson. But matters changed on March 24, 2016, when Songz forced her into having a type of sex against her will in a bedroom of a West Hills home during a party, the complaint states.
After the alleged assault was over, Doe contacted a ride-hailing service to get home, but the driver realized Doe was in emotional distress and took her to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center's emergency room in Burbank, the amended suit states. The hospital staff reported the alleged assault to Burbank police, but Doe declined to cooperate with officers, the revised complaint states.
The stress of the alleged attack and Doe's fear for her life prevented her from providing Songz's name to the police, the suit states.
The suit also targets Atlantic Records Group LLC and the singer's manager, Kevin Liles, and those parties are seeking to be removed as defendants in the case in a motion scheduled for hearing Sept. 19.