Thursday, July 13, 2023
– Jimmie Allen filed countersuits against two women, who accused him sexual assault, in Nashville federal court on Thursday.
The women, identified as "Jane Doe," sued Allen separately. His former manager accused him in May of rape, while assaults and abuse over 18 months while she worked for Allen.
Allen faced another lawsuit in June from a second woman. She filed a police report after alleging that Allen filmed her having sex with him in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Allen denied the allegations claiming that the interactions were all consensual. He also said he has been unable to work since he has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape. Allen's label dropped him after the charges were made.
"Throughout the relationship, sexual encounters were initiated by both Allen and (Jane Doe)," Allen's suit said, adding that the relationship began in March 2021. "The relationship continued until the fall of 2022 when Allen ended the relationship to focus on repairing his relationship with his wife."
Allen announced a separation from his pregnant wife a few weeks before he was accused of sexual abuse. He said he been seeking "professional help."
In a statement to Variety, which broke the original story, Allen said, "As a result of numerous false allegations, I have engaged with a legal team to proceed with an appropriate course of action to protect my reputation and refute these claims that have caused severe damage to my family, mental health, and business. I've taken a couple months before publicly responding to these claims, because I wanted to fix my family first. This situation has caused me great humiliation, and I felt it was necessary to seek professional help. For years, I have dealt with racism and harmful threats solely because I am a Black man in the country music industry, and this situation has only amplified that. As the son and brother of rape victims, and the father of daughters, these false claims are extremely hurtful to me and everyone around me."
"As the legal process runs its course, I look forward to the opportunity to clear my name. I am forever thankful for those who have stood by me and helped me share the truth. My team and I look forward to putting this behind us and getting back to the music."
"Throughout the Variety Article," Allen's suit said, "Jane Doe made several untruthful statements which painted Allen and Doe's consensual affair as nonconsensual sexual misconduct. Additionally, Doe disparaged Allen throughout the Variety Article, calling him a 'Predator,' a 'threat,' and stating that her life has been 'turned inside out' because of him."
"In the weeks following the Variety Article," the countersuit said, "Allen lost lucrative endorsement deals, had several performance contracts cancelled, and was ultimately dropped by his record label. Since the Variety Article, Allen has been unable to book musical performances, promotional appearances, or television appearances... Allen's reputation and relationships within the entertainment industry have also been severely damaged as a result Jane Doe's statements in the Variety Article."
Allen claimed that the Las Vegas filming was consensual.
The attorney representing both women, Elizabeth Fegan of the firm FeganScott, told Variety, "We've reviewed the recent filings from Allen's legal team and they're what we'd expect — claims that all his encounters with Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 were consensual. We're eager to show the court abundant evidence to the contrary, which we believe will prove that Jimmie Allen is a serial abuser and should be held accountable for his actions,>
"It is becoming increasingly common for perpetrators to countersue their victims, claiming defamation. This is a concerning trend, one designed to convince victims that if they speak out, they will be the target of spurious litigation."