LONDON rapper Octavian has denied he abused his ex who accused him of kicking her in the stomach, among other abuses.
The French-British rapper, Octavian Oliver Godji, 24, has been accused by his ex, Hanan better known as her stage name, Emo Baby, of allegedly verbally, physically and emotionally abusing her and even forcing her to get an abortion.
Emo Baby took to Instagram and Twitter to open up about her experience with the rapper saying she had to turn to social media because Octavian was trying to "silence" her.
She wrote: “After pressuring me to get an abortion, he attacked me for the first time, kicked me in my stomach, burst my lip, attacked me with a hammer and threatened to kill me.”
The social media influencer also shared two videos of her alleged abuse, which showed on the ground and her begging for Octavian to "stop" hurting her.
In one of the videos, a man is heard saying “you’re f***ing disrespecting the shit out of me” and in the second video, the rapper is seen saying he would“beat the shit out of you cos you won’t get out of my house”.
In her social media posts, Emo Baby revealed Octavian wanted her to sign a non-disclosure agreement about the alleged incidents and offered to pay her £20,000 to do it.
Emo Baby refused and instead took to social media after the police report she filed against him was "taking a little longer" and that she was in a "different country" for her own safety.
She said the abuse started in April 2020 when she became pregnant and that she was "frequently kicked, punched, strangled, and dragged out the house with my clothing or hair, he would smash furniture and threaten with a bat, or attack me with other items like a screwdriver."
Emo Baby explained his violent outbursts were "prompted by his cocaine use".
He has also kept custody of the couple's two dogs, even though Emo Baby has asked for them back.
Octavian denied the allegations saying that she went public the day before his album Alpha, was due to be released in an attempt to “ruin my life”.
She admitted the strategic timing of her posts, but did them because "I don't want anyone to look up to this man, especially not young girls and listen to the dark music he makes to celebrate his abuse".
Emo Baby had tried to speak up earlier this year about the abuse and Octavian said at the time he “did some bad things out of anger and frustration, I participated very provoked in abuse”.
But he's now changed his tune saying she was “obsessed and will never let me alone or let me win".
Pattern Publicity had represented Octavian prior but had now cut ties with him.
“After these allegations have come to light, we have stopped all work with Octavian as we cannot condone, nor support, abusive behaviour,” the company said in a statement.
Another firm, Technique PR also stopped working with Octavian in September after the allegations of abuse surfaced.
Emo Baby said Octavian had controlled her social mediato the point "I wasn’t able to communicate with others without being put down or accused of being too friendly or ‘approachable’, which would result in punishment from him.”
She also had choice words for the “enablers” who allegedly knew of Octavian's abuse.
“There are a series of grown adults who were witness to my abuse over the years, and not only allowed it to happen but sought to cover it up because of the privileges and lifestyle they were enabled by maintaining Octavian’s image,” Emo Baby wrote.
Thousands of people including pop star, Dua Lipa, flooded their own social media to back Emo Baby.
Dua wrote "f**k Octavian" on an Instagram post with information about family violence charities.
Octavian was an up and coming rapper who was signed Black Butter records, a subsidiary of Sony and whose stock rose after Drake was seen rapping along to one of his songs.
Born in Lille in 1996, the 24-year-old has an Angolan background.
After the passing of his father, he moved from France to London with his mother at the age of three.
He released his first ever mixtape 22 in 2016, which was followed by the Essie World EP in 2017.
The grime artist won the BBC’s Music of Sound Award in 2019 and has featured on music produced by, Diplo, Mura Masa and JRick as well as collaborating with Skepta and A$AP Ferg.
Emo Baby released her self-titled, debut EP earlier this year.
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