As part of a media push related to the roll out of her new talk show (premiering July 8th on VH1), Amber Rose sat with The Daily Beast, and discussed a number of topics, including treatment of women within hip hop, specifically honing in on streetwear stylist Ian Connor and the fact that until recently he continued to work and nothing was said by his peers.
Rose responded that women who had been assaulted had reached out to her, explaining:
“Because I have my SlutWalk, all of the women [who’ve accused Ian Connor] have reached out to me as well. They want to come to my SlutWalk and tell their story on my stage. I have that platform for them to do so. I’m not a lawyer. I can’t prosecute anyone or say, ‘What she’s saying is exactly the truth.’ I wasn’t there. Honestly, seven came out and I’m pretty sure 21 women have reached out to me so far. So I’m assuming there are more [stories] coming out. It’s innocent until proven guilty, but when you have 21 women from all over the world that do not know each other but have similar stories, it gets to the point where it’s like… enough.”
Since the interview, Connor has actually had the balls to come for Rose on Twitter, calling her a “bald bitch” and questioning the veracity of the accusations given he hasn’t been prosecuted.
How very typical of Connor and others like him who commit crimes and expect life to continue as usual to suddenly view the highly-faulted U.S. criminal justice system as the be-all-end-all arbiter of an individual’s guilt or innocence. For better or worse, all of history has shown when there are enough people who come forward and tell their story, irrespective of whether or not cops and the courts are involved, wrong doing can be assigned by collective conclusion. It’s by no means the most perfect system, but then again neither is the intensely misogynistic and racist justice system.
Since the Paris altercation at Virgil Abloh’s book signing at Colette involving, Connor, ASAP Bari and musician Theophilus London, London has spoken with Complex magazine and gone on the record saying he now believes Connor is a rapist, adding that he has been fired by Kanye West.
Recently we interviewed Married to the Mob founder Leah McSeeney and asked her to provide her thoughts on Connor; have a look below.