The Gaslamp Killer Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Over Rape Allegations, Releases Joint Statement With Accuser
Chelsea Tadros alleged in 2017 that the producer drugged and raped her.
The Gaslamp Killer (William Benjamin Bensussen) has dismissed his defamation lawsuit against the woman who accused him of drugging and raping her in 2013.
Nearly two years after Chelsea Tadros published allegations on Twitter in October of 2017, she and the Los Angeles producer have released a joint statement, via their attornies, acknowleding a shared desire to move on from the incident.
"After engaging in heartfelt dicussions with each other about the event of July 5, 2013," reads the statement, published on both party's social media channels, "William Bensussen and Chelsea Tadros have decided it is their mutual desire to move on with their lives and put this lawsuit behind them."
"After their discussions," the statement continues, "Ms. Tadros acknowledges that she does not know who drugged her, and both parties acknowledge that she could have been drugged by one of the many attendees that were present on July 5, 2013."
Bensussen actively denied the allegations from the beginning, and sued both Tadros and RaeAnn Medina for defamation in the wake of the allegations. A judge dismissed the suit aginst Medina but allowed the suit against Tadros and her boyfriend Jack Wagner to proceed.
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Read the complete statement from Bensussen and Tadros below.