Kaalan Walker, a rapper from LA, was detained by authorities recently due to sexual assaults from two years ago in 2016, one year before the #MeToo movement began.
On Wednesday, the LAPD announced that they took the 23-year-old into custody for several instances of sexual assault, reported by women over the last few months.
The police stated that Mr. Walker was arraigned this week on nine counts of felony sexual assault charges, and is now sitting in a jail cell while being held at a $1 million bail.
The LAPD claims that Mr. Walker contacted the women through social media, told them he was interested in hiring them for modeling jobs, but when they met, he assaulted them sexually.
This is a powerful stain on the aspiring rapper’s career, who first began as KR. Last year, he released an EP and appeared in a couple of different films, including ones with Halle Berry and Daniel Craig.
Recently, Walker played a gangster in the film, SuperFly, released in June of this year, a movie revolving around a young drug dealer in the city of Atlanta, Georgia.
When speaking with Billboard, Walker, in the past, revealed that he was raised by a single mother, and lived in a few different areas of LA throughout his childhoods years. As a result of his troubled childhood, he tried to kill himself on more than one occasion and has battled depression.
Kaalan said that it’s “not all glitz and glamour behind the scenes.” Surely, the women accusing him of sexual assault can attest to that statement.
As you may know, Kaalan is just one of many to face sexual misconduct accusations in the last year, beginning with Harvey Weinstein in late 2017, sparking the #MeToo movement in the process.
Subsequently, popular culture watched as some of America’s biggest stars fell, including Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, and many more. Bill Cosby, thus far, is the first one to go to prison, following the resurfaced allegations that reared their head in 2014.