Posted: 12:39 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
By Gina Carbone
UPDATE: According to TMZ, Sean has already settled the lawsuit, but he paid the alleged victim "only a fraction of what she asked for to make the lawsuit disappear as soon as possible." This is supposedly not an admission of guilt, just an admission that he feels too busy to deal with this since he has a tour and new album release coming up.
In further explaining why the criminal charges may have been dismissed, one source told TMZ, "Her story wasn't consistent. She told various stories throughout her interviews with police. Her friend's story wasn't consistent with hers. The medical report had no indications of force."
A now 22-year-old woman is suing singer Sean Kingston ("Beautiful Girls," "Take You There," "Fire Burning"), his bodyguard, and a member of Sean's band for an alleged gang rape at a Seattle hotel in July 2010.
According to TMZ, criminal charges were dropped in 2010 — with police reportedly deciding that the woman, Carissa Capeloto, was not credible.
But in her lawsuit, Carissa says she was forced to have sex after being invited to Sean's hotel room for a meet-and-greet following a Justin Bieber concert where Sean had also performed.
Sean, now 23, was reportedly naked on his bed when she arrived, and she claims the bodyguard picked her up and put her on top of the singer, then the men raped her while she was "obviously intoxicated, incapable of consent." (According to TMZ, she had smoked pot and drank 7-10 shots of vodka.)
Her friend reportedly entered the room later to rescue her and the police were called and Carissa was taken to the hospital. She said her life was ruined and she has panic attacks. She is said to be suing for at least $5 million.
Sean has filed his own legal documents saying the sex was consensual. The trial is set for November.
It's not clear why the police dismissed the earlier criminal charges, especially since Carissa claims she was treated at the hospital for injuries consistent with rape. If there's not enough evidence, that's one thing. But to say she's not credible?
Never go into hotel rooms with strangers, kids, even if they're famous strangers!