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Snoop Dogg Accused of Rape After ‘Kimmel’ Taping

Jan 31, 2005  •  Post A Comment

An Emmy Award-winning makeup artist has filed a $25 million lawsuit against Snoop Dogg and ABC, claiming the rapper and members of his entourage drugged and raped her backstage following a taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Kylie Bell, who won an Emmy in 2002 for her makeup work on HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” said she was contracted by Calvin Broadus (Snoop Dogg’s real name) to apply his makeup during a guest co-hosting stint on “Kimmel” in January 2003, the show’s first week on the air. Ms. Bell claims she was given drug-spiked champagne at a party in Mr. Broadus’ dressing room, then sexually assaulted by Mr. Broadus and four members of his entourage.

The lawsuit comes after Mr. Broadus filed a civil suit of his own some weeks ago, claiming he was the target of an extortion scheme by an unnamed woman. In the suit, he denied the assault.

Calls to Mr. Kimmel’s publicist were referred to ABC. An ABC representative said, “there is simply no merit to the charges against the company,” but would not comment on the allegations against Mr. Broadus.

Ms. Bell also lists the Kimmel show and its parent The Walt Disney Co. as defendants in her suit.

During the week Mr. Broadus was a guest co-host, Ms. Bell said, his dressing room contained copious amounts of alcohol and marijuana, and she said Mr. Broadus was also snorting cocaine. Ms. Bell claims production assistants for the show witnessed the alcohol and drug use.

Ms. Bell said she did not report the assault to police because she was afraid of Mr. Broadus, saying she heard he had gang affiliations. Instead, she contacted the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show and claimed ABC VP Jean Zoeller “began to pay Bell’s expenses,” sending checks under the letterhead of “K.C. Investments,” according to the court documents, which state that Mr. Broadus also began making payments to Ms. Bell.

Court documents say the parties agreed to a settlement, but on Jan. 18, Mr. Broadus’ attorney said his client’s insurance company had refused to pay a portion of the settlement.