Ashanti has had many successes in her career. But she endured hardships along the way, especially in the form of sexual harassment.
The Grammy winner has spoken to People about some of the harassment she’s dealt with at various points in her career. During the collaboration, he has been very public about his sexual exploits with Ashanti.
Ashanti has denied these allegations. “I loved Irv,” Ashanti told People. “We had a situation, but I think he blew it out of proportion.”
The producer mogul has spoken ill of Ashanti on platforms such as the podcast Drink Champs and the BET documentary about the label, The Murder Inc. Story. “I think he started getting really bitter,” Ashanti said. “As a man, sometimes it hurts. Usually we move on, but some people can’t.”
She also disclosed an incident in which a male record producer attempted to trade music for sexual preferences. She said he initially offered to give her the truck, but she quickly changed his tune and told him to shower with him or pay $40,000 for each of her trucks. she said.
“I really thought he was joking. You can feel like someone’s cool, and deep down they have ulterior motives.” “That kind of thing can happen to Ashanti, so it can happen to anyone. I’ve heard worse stories.”
Ashanti continues to receive accolades for her achievements, including earning Lady of Soul honors at the 2021 Soul Train Awards and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this year. She hopes that her example of resilience can inspire others.
“Honestly, I don’t know if another artist could do what I did,” she said.
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