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A few months ago, as we reported, Emily Bustamante, Emily B., filed documents attesting to her longtime boyfriend Fabolous’ abuse of her. In addition to the video that later surfaced of the rapper lunging at Emily and threatening to kill her father and brother, she also stated her two front teeth had to be medically removed after he repeatedly punched her in the face.

Sadly, after all of that, it seems that the two are back together. Not only were they spotted attending Coachella with one another, according to our sister site Bossip, Emily was seen in the courtroom with Fabolous, supporting him during his first court appearance related to the incident.

The two were in Bergen County Superior Court Thursday for an early deposition hearing, where the defendant, Fabolous, and the prosecutors discuss possible plea deals. Fabolous waived the appearance and is due back next month.

As we reported last month, Fabolous also asked the court to delay his appearance last month.

Before his hearing, Fabolous and Emily B. sat in the back of the courtroom together, waiting for his name to be called. Afterward, they left together.

This “show of togetherness,” according to Bossip, comes after Emily asked the courts to dismiss a separate domestic violence case as well as the recent restraining order she filed against the father of her three sons.

Fabolous is now due back in court in June for a pre-trial intervention hearing. a court clerk told Bossip, these hearings are where first-time offenders go to plea instead of court.

While Emily B has dropped the restraining order, Fabolous is still facing charges of making terroristic threats and aggravated assault and could potentially spend 3-5 years in prison, if convicted.

I didn’t want to write this story because I know there are far too many people who will use this information as a way to question Emily B’s character as opposed to Fabolous’. They’ll call her all types of stupid or ask why she just won’t leave, not really understanding the psychology of an abuse victim. There are so many women who go back, for various reasons. The abuse is far beyond physical. I wrote it because we’re still in desperate need of healthy, more empathetic conversations surrounding domestic violence.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.
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