Before he became famous, Radio personality, Charlamagne Tha God whose real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, was accused of rape by a 15-year-old girl in South Carolina. Charlamagne Tha God has lawyered up after a 2001 sexual assault case was brought back to light. This week the woman who claims she was raped by Charlamagne tha God came forward claiming she wanted to re open the case to obtain justice."Charlamagne has spoken about this many times over the years in public, including in his book,” McKelvey’s lawyers told TMZ Thursday. “While Charlamagne has empathy for all sexual assault victims, he cannot take responsibility for a crime he did not commit.”
South Carolina Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson issued a statement on Thursday (July 12), noting that criminal charges against McKelvey were resolved in 2002 pursuant to a plead agreement between him and the state. The state allowed McKelvey to plea guilty to the lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and agreed to dismiss the remaining charges against him.
“The plea was negotiated because the alleged victim in the matter did not cooperate with the prosecutor,” said Wilson in a statement. “The prosecutor made this agreement because of the victim’s absence and the lack evidence available at the time. While the tools and technology of justice have evolved, in cases involving personal violence, the State must have the witness to prosecute. Too often, the key witness will not come forward in support of criminal prosecution. Trying a tough case is no problem; trying an impossible case is not ethical.”