I Thought I Could Trust Him: Young Woman Who Accused LHH’s Mendeecees Of Molestation Testifies
Just yesterday, we reported that “Love & Hip Hop” star Mendeecees Harris was facing drug trafficking charges. In addition to the recently revealed drug charges, Harris is also facing sexual assault charges, after his ex-girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter accused him of molesting her back in 2009. The trial for that case began yesterday, and the now 19-year-old young woman testified against him in court today, reports Cliff View Pilot.
With the jury’s full attention, the young woman recounted the chilling tale of how Harris allegedly went from being a “father figure,” whom she believed she could trust to a man who forced her to have sex for money, after moving into his Lodi, New Jersey home back in 2009.
After moving into Mendeecee’s home with her mother and brothers, the teen alleged that because her mother was always at work, she reported to Harris for permission to hang out with her friends and other things that teens generally have to report to their parents about. She also revealed that because she didn’t have the strongest relationship with her mother, she confided in Harris about a lot of things.
“Mendeecees made me feel comfortable. He would give me advice. He’d say ‘It’ll be okay between you and your mom’,” she told the court.
She alleged that the initial act of molestation occurred one afternoon while no one else was home. After finishing up taking a shower, she realized that there was no towel in the bathroom.
“I asked him to get me one [towel], and he did. Then he came into my room and suggested I let him m*sturb*te on me, but I just laughed,” she testified.
She went on to allege that Harris continued making the suggestion until she finally gave in, after which he gave her $15 or $20 “for lunch or maybe a ball game.”
The teen testified that although she had given in, Harris wasn’t satisfied and began pressing her for oral. She alleged that Harris, noticing her reluctance, began using a very private piece of information, which he previously acquired from her mother to manipulate her.
“He told me he knew I had been raped when I was 8 years old, and he found out from my mother.”
“ ‘Your mom doesn’t want you here’,” she said Harris told her just before exposing his genitals to her.
According to her testimony, she eventually gave in, which she revealed was out of spite to get back at her mother for revealing such an intimate secret to Harris.
“I felt betrayed by her. I didn’t tell her about it until I was 14, and it was something I didn’t want anyone to know.”
As time went on, Mendeecees allegedly continued to request sexual favors from the young woman in exchange for money. She even revealed that he would pull her younger brothers into the mix when they asked him for money by telling them “talk to your sister. She knows what she has to do.”
The relationship between the teen’s mother and Harris ended when she confiscated the girl’s cell phone and found some inappropriate messages from Harris.
“I heard them in their room yelling, I felt bad. She came in my room and she was livid. She told me to get out. She was just screaming to me to get out. I don’t remember if she said why,” she recalled before revealing that she left home to stay at a friend’s house that night.
“My mom didn’t know where I was, but Mendeecees did.”
The next day Mendeecees found her at her friend’s home, told the young woman that her mother had packed her belongings and pleaded with her not to reveal any details about their relationship.
“He said she didn’t know anything, so don’t say anything. It was something he would ‘take to his grave.’ He [also] told me they were done.”
“I felt horrible. At one point Mendeecees and my mother were going to get married. I felt it was all my fault.”
Sadly, she also claimed that she had to drop out of nursing school because of the trial. “You can’t miss that many days of class,” she said. She claimed that in addition to being shocked to learn that Harris was featured on “Love & Hip Hop”, she was also unaware that he was carrying on a relationship with Yandy Smith while he was still with her mother.
Mendeecees is currently facing seven counts of illegal sex.
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise