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‘I never grabbed her body’: Rapper Ambush Buzzworl responds after Ray Blk accuses him of sexual assault

Ray Blk accused Ambush Buzzworl of sexually assaulting her at a YouTube event (Picture: Getty)

Rapper Ambush Buzzworl has responded after rapper Ray Blk accused him of sexual assault. 

Ray Blk, real name Rita Ekwere, detailed an incident which allegedly took place at a YouTube event in February. 

In a lengthy Twitter post, the Run singer accused Ambush of ‘grabbing [her] breast’ before leaking voice notes allegedly featuring the rapper apologising for the incident. 

However, Ambush has now responded to the allegations in a video uploaded to Instagram and began by explaining he’d tried to contact Ray to apologise.

‘Initially, I was shocked at how everything unfolded,’ he said. ‘The last time we spoke I apologised and even after I got defensive, I apologsied and after that we was blessed.

‘I was confused but obviously, I hurt her more than I had realised. That’s why I wanted to call her and let her know my apology was initially sincere.’

He went on to explain what happened from his perspective.

‘We were at the function, we had just got there, we were in the lobby and obviously there was bare people around,’ Ambush continued.

‘I’d seen her and I complimented her on how she was looking and what she was wearing, but in doing so, I was inappropriate and invasive through my actions, and for that I do apologise.

‘I definitely want to stress that I never grabbed her body or acted aggressively in anyway. At the time, I thought I was just being playful. I was just trying to big her up.

‘When she messaged me, I apologised straight away because I know that my intentions were never meant to make her feel violated or uncomfortable.’

He went on to say: ‘If I saw a girl being violated, I would step in, but the way I was looking at it was all I did was brush her with my finger. I was just responding in a way where she shouldn’t be mad, but in reality, touching her in any type of way is invasive and insensitive, regardless of how it went.’

Ambush continued: ‘Listening back to my voicenotes I sound stupid, all she was trying to do was show me the error of my ways. And she’s right. I just want to say, us as guys, we do stuff without realising. We need to become more aware of the female experience.

‘This whole thing has been a humbling experience for me and I’m definitely still learning and growing and I just want everyone to know that I understand your frustration. I was a d***head. I was getting ahead of myself… I was stupid and all I can do is continue to learn.’

It comes after Ray tweeted on Saturday (20 June): ‘@ambushbuzzworl I’m giving you 2 days to publicly address and apologise for what you did to me at that youtube event. This time a real apology where you don’t then tell me “I shouldn’t get onto you” for assaulting me would be great.’ 

She later added: ‘I change my mind. Times up,’ in reference to the #MeToo movement. 

In her lengthy letter, Ray Blk explained that she had met Ambush ‘very briefly’ once before the YouTube event after being introduced by a mutual friend. 

Recalling their second meeting at the YouTube event, Ray said: ‘I was hanging my coat up when he entered, and when I said Hi to him he said hi and then proceeded to aggressively grab and shake my breast saying “rah you look nice,” and carried on walking away. 

‘I was so shocked and taken aback, I wasn’t even sure if what I thought happened was real so I walked back up to him, genuinely thinking SURELY that didn’t happen and asked him “hey, did you just grab my breast over there” to which he replied “what can I say Ray I saw your breast and they were looking niceee”.’ 

She added: ‘At that point my blood was boiling and I realised if I addressed this in the manner I wanted to right there, I would have turned that incredible positive YouTube event completely upside down.’ 

Ray, 26, went on to explain that she had not previously spoken about the incident as a former friend told her they should be ‘protecting a black man and not damaging his career’. The friend also reportedly said that other male artists potentially wouldn’t want to work with Ray if she publicly accused Ambush, and that it would make her ‘seem like someone who creates problems’. 

Ray Blk says she was encouraged by a friend to stay quiet (Picture: Getty)

Ray concluded her message: ‘But I won’t be victim shamed. I don’t give a s**t about anything anymore but speaking up, telling the truth and empowering other people to use their voice too. Seeing everything on the TL today SERIOUSLY triggered me and I won’t allow you and whoever will support you to make me silent in fear.’ 

In one of the leaked voice notes, a man alleged to be Ambush is heard saying: ‘Ray don’t do me like this man, I’m sorry, I apologise man, you know me I was flirty… I didn’t mean it.’ 

Ray has since received support from a bevy of her music peers, including BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo who tweeted: ‘With you Ray this man is sick.’ 

Former Hollyoaks actress Rachel Adedeji said: ‘This is so sad to hear. Well done for speaking out, and even calling him out then. It must be so hard to even address, and you’ve handled it so well and you have nothing to be ashamed you. We stand with you Ray.’ 

Singer Ella Eyre added: ‘Ughhh the AUDACITY so sorry to hear this ray sending love.’ 

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