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Lola Adesioye speaks after accusations of abusing actor Gbenga Akinnagbe are dropped

EXCLUSIVE: The journalist shares what led to the now dropped charges that the actress raised against her after her arrest back in May.

May 26, 2021 was not the beginning of a nightmare for journalists Lola Adesioye but was instead a continuation and – as she called it – “an escalation.”

It was the day Adesioye was arrested and charged with sexual abuse and harassment of an actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, probably best known for his role in The thread. If convicted, she could have faced jail time, she should have had to register as a sex offender, and it may even have endangered the British native’s immigration status.

IN theGrio‘s exclusive interview with Adesioye and her lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, she told of the events that led to the charges – and to the fact that she spent 28 hours in a prison cell in Brooklyn.

Lola Adesioye (left) speaks about the now dropped charges of coercion, sexual abuse and harassment against her by actress Gbenga Akinnagbe (right), which led to her arrest in May. (Photos: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images and Dominik Bindl / Getty Images)

Adesioye said she and Akinnagbe met for a party in 2019. As their friendship progressed, it also escalated into flirting and even occasional kisses. In addition, Adesioye – a New York-based writer, commentator and singer-songwriter – occasionally helped Akinnagbe with business needs.

To further complicate matters, she sought a new place to live. Akinnagbe subsequently offered her a lease for a home he owns right next to his home in Brooklyn.

Adesioye moved into the apartment on May 8, 2020, an exciting date “because he claims the first sexual assault happened on May 14, which was interesting to me,” she says. “We were neighbors,” she said, citing the coronavirus pandemic and their proximity as a reason the two began spending more time together.

“Not long after, he told me about his assistant, and this person who worked for him was not very good,” Adesioye maintains. “And he needed a little bit of someone who was like me, who was not an assistant, but more a teammate type, partnering thing.”

“I just talked to him about some projects that I had created creatively,” she says, “and I talked to him about some people.” The two discussed ideas for TV shows, she adds, of which Akinnagbe began writing.

“So, yeah, we spend all that time together. His assistant goes. I take over in a way to do that kind of thing, plus more,” Adesioye claims. “And then after a while I just felt like you know I was by getting used to it essentially. It was really taking over my whole life, and then we had problems with the subject of payment. ”

According to Adesioye, she was at Akinnagbe’s home one afternoon and they were arguing that he should pay her for her services. She said that if he would not pay her, she would not pay him rent. “So it actually became very controversial,” Adesioye says.

While the two former friends tried to settle the matter amicably, the relationship nevertheless deteriorated further.

Adesioye says she began to feel harassed and she filed a harassment complaint with Brooklyn’s tenant-landlord court. With the court’s assistance, she and Akinnagbe reached a settlement in which she paid him some back rent minus payment for the work she had done for the actress.

Gbenga Akinnagbe

Gbenga Akinnagbe participates in the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards – 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at the BMCC Tribeca PAC on May 3, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

The settlement was reached on May 5, 2021 – and she was arrested on May 26, 16 days later.

Adesioye’s lawyer called the case against her clear “retaliation”. Gottlieb says he believes Akinnagbe “wanted to assert his power and authority over Lola.”

Gottlieb and Adesioye presented Brooklyn District Attorneys with three ring binders full of text messages. They were organized chronologically – before the first alleged event, between the first and the second, then after.

It was the latter that hit Gottlieb the most. He noted that Akinnagbe in their text messages still invited Adesioye on trips and talked to her.

“It’s only a year later when Lola stood up for herself,” Gottlieb said. “That this guy was crazy. They get this woman arrested and handcuffed.”

TheGrio contacted a representative of Akinnagbe and received no response.

As for Adesioye, she is grateful that the charges against her were dropped, and her lawyer noted that it was only for one supervisor in the DA’s office who finally applied to adjourn the case. Adesioye says she is reviewing her own legal options, something Gottlieb supports, which adds: “The truth is. That would be a parody. For him to just go free. After inflicting this on Lola.”

“Submitting false reports is a problem,” Adesioye insists, “and people should not be allowed to get away with it. We should not be allowed to use celebrities to exploit the law to abuse and manipulate. I mean, “I went to the housing court because he harassed me. So basically he has actually been activated and authorized by the law to spend another five and a half months harassing me.”

“In a city like New York,” she continues, “where such serious crime and serious sexual crimes happen to anyone – and especially someone who calls himself a criminal justice activist and an activist for women’s empowerment, to actually use something. such as sexual abuse as a joke for one’s own ego is just an absolute disgrace. “

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