Reports of Derrick May‘s prolonged pattern of sexual assault surfaced in September of 2020, followed by four individuals coming forward with their own accounts in November of last year. Now, seven more individuals have come forward with accusations of sexual assault and harassment against May in a new report from Annabel Ross for Resident Advisor.
Six women and one man have come forward recounting instances of sexual misconduct involving a famous Detroit DJ and producer. One of the accusers is UK house mainstay DJ Paulette, telling Ross that May made inappropriate comments to her in 2004 at a boat party in London. Says DJ Paulette,
“To me, he’s one of the gods of music, a founding father representing everything, a Black man in the music industry who’s created this body of music that is just incredible. He’s been part of creating this scene of which I have become a part of, you know, as many reasons as I could have for revering that person. And then when you get that moment where you meet that person and the first words out of their mouth are, ‘So when are we going to fuck then?’ Those were the first words out of his mouth and he didn’t say anything else after that because I said, ‘You know what, not interested.’ It’s just wrong, it’s just icky and wrong. He has absolutely zero respect for women. Zero.”
The male accuser, who spoke to Ross on the condition of anonymity, states “I said, ‘You’re one of my favorite DJs and what you do behind the turntables is great but could you just leave her alone. Because she’s here to enjoy herself and she’s not here to look over her shoulder.’”
“At the end of the day, that God complex comes in… I have the feeling that he doesn’t even know that he’s doing something wrong. He thinks that it’s normal.”
Via: Resident Advisor