New recording seems to show XXXTentacion admitting to battery charges against pregnant girlfriend
XXXTentacion, a young prominent South Florida rapper who died this past June, is still the cause of controversy as new details of his domestic abuse case that was ongoing at the time of his death have emerged.
The late rapper was fatally shot outside a motorbike dealership during a robbery. As he died, XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was in the middle of a public domestic battery case. In 2016, his pregnant girlfriend accused the late rapper of beating and imprisoning her within their home. He had pleaded “not guilty” to all charges.
Now, Pitchfork has obtained a secret recording of the rapper admitting to the charges from the Miami-Dade County’s state attorney’s office.
On the tape, Pitchfork alleges the person speaking is XXXTentacion, who says, “I put my source of happiness in another person, which was a mistake initially, right? But she fell through on every occasion until now. Until I started fucking her up bruh… I started fucking her up because she made one mistake. And from there, the whole cycle went down. Now she’s scared. That girl is scared for her life. Which I understand.”
Then the person presumed to be XXXTentacion can be heard saying, “I will kill that bitch if she play with me.”
Throughout the tape, he also alludes to witnessing violent acts as a way to explain his own violent behavior. He states on the tape, “You ever seen somebody get their tongue cut out? … You ever seen somebody get raped? … You ever seen somebody try to kill your mom in front of you?”
His death, notorious fame, and skyrocketing musical career ignited a public conversation on the lack of accountability for many celebrities who commit domestic abuse, and whether someone’s art can be separated from their violent behavior. Some compare it to R. Kelly’s history of sexual assault and domestic abuse, and how so much of the mainstream still supports his musical career.