The Gaslamp Killer Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Over Rape Allegation

The two parties have also released a joint statement.
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It has been almost two years since The Gaslamp Killer, real name William Benjamin Bensussen, was accused of drugging and raping a woman. On Friday, he decided to dismiss his defamation lawsuit against the woman, Chelsea Tadros.

Tadros made her accusation public on Twitter in October 2017. She accused Bensussen of drugging her at a party in 2013 and then raping her after. Since then has been a long legal process with the battle being fought in public and through the courts.

Bensussen has maintained his innocence through the whole affair, saying the sex was consensual. He sued Tadros and another woman RaeAnn Medina, who says she was also raped during the incident. The lawsuit against Medina was dismissed, but the one against Tadros was allowed to continue. Now it has been dismissed.

The two parties released a joint-statement via their respective attorneys on the lawsuit being dismissed and where they stand in the case.

"After engaging in heartfelt discussions with each other about the event of July 5, 2013," reads the statement, "William Bensussen and Chelsea Tadros have decided it is their mutual desire to move on with their lives and put this lawsuit behind them."

The statement continues, acknowledging discussions between both sides. “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."

No money was exchanged in the settlement. 

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