Hours after an intense exchange between singer Justine Skye and her ex boyfriends rapper Sheck Wes which detailed Skye’s claims of alleged abuse that she suffered at the hands of the rapper, Skye released several videos on Tuesday showing the difficulty she experienced in filing a police report against her estranged ex.
The “Build” singer visited two police precincts on Tuesday after she tweeted Wes harassed and attacked her and a group of friends in Los Angeles during Grammy weekend.
In the video, Skye has an intense exchange with a police officer who seems apathetic to her situation.
Skye took her story to Instagram and used the live feature while she
“What difference does it make who you speak to?” you can hear the officer ask.
“Every time I come here and try to file a police report and speak to a male officer, a Black male officer, you guys treat me like s–t,” she said confirming she’s had several run-ins due to her situation.
“Yeah, have a seat,” he says in response.
“And then you laugh and do that. You have a terrible attitude sir, a terrible attitude,” Skye says.
“You know why because I’m dealing with very difficult victims,” he said.
Skye and the officer continue going back and forth until she takes a seat in frustration.
According to her Instagram stories, she spent several hours at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station waiting to speak with an officer.
She also shared a snapshot of the front desk with a small caption over the photo. “Different precinct now trying to file the last report but their so rude, dismissive and disrespectful,” she wrote. “Called me a “difficult victim” when he wouldn’t even let me finish telling him what happened before he could give me a list of reasons as to why he can’t help me,” she wrote. She then ID’d the officer as Deputy Holden.
Skye’s experience is unfortunately shared by many who victims of abuse and violence who hesitate to come forward because of how they’re received.
“This is why most women don’t go to or call the police by the way…especially dealing with male officers/deputies tf…but don’t let them discourage you because I sure am not,” she captioned in a separate Instagram story.
Wes and Skye exchanged multiple tweets on Tuesday after Skye exposed he was her abuser, a detail that she refrained from confirming or denying for months.
After he released a tweet denying her abuse allegations, Skye released surveillance footage of Wes jumping a gate outside of a residence and a text exchange showing Skye’s cry for help during a moment of Wes’ rage.
Wes continued to deny the claims, saying he jumped the gate to retrieve items Skye refused to turn over.
In 2018, Skye explained why she chose to withhold her abuser’s identity during an interview with The Breakfast Club.
“In rap culture, people don’t care. It’s about how talented the artist is, and they’ll still be bumping their music, they’ll still be playing [their album],” Skye said. “They’ll be like, ‘That’s f—-d up what he did, but his new album is fire.”
We commend Skye’s bravery and hope the moment sheds a light on the mistreatment of victims and the need to dismantle toxic masculinity among the officers who are paid to protect us and the rap community.