Diplo has been accused of grooming influencer Quenlin Blackwell after the 19-year-old revealed she lives with the 41-year-old artist rent-free in his home.
Quenlin, who rose to fame on Vine and has since grown a massive following on TikTok and Instagram, posted a series of videos in recent weeks featuring the Diplo, where she announced, “I live with Diplo right now, and he fully supports my endeavours.”
The clip immediately drew concern from fans who noted the 22-year age difference may indicate an inappropriate relationship between the two.
Both Diplo and Quenlin were quick to shut down rumours that their relationship is anything more than platonic.
On Sunday, the music producer tweeted to his 2.5 million followers that Quenlin simply rents a room in one of the properties he owns. According to Diplo, Quenlin does pay him rent despite her initial claims. He calls her social media “sarcastic and chaotic.”
“There is nothing but friendship between us,” he tweeted. “As a landlord I don’t really consider age or race as a qualification. U just gotta pay security deposit. And don’t poke holes in the walls or ruin my carpet.”
Quenlin also took to Twitter to address the accusations. The teenager insists that she is “not being groomed” and would “rather break both of my legs and be forced to walk than pursue Diplo romantically and he’d rather choke.”
She went on to say that Diplo has provided her with opportunities and that his team are her mentors and “satefy net.”
“Diplo is my LA dad..nothing more,” he finished.
However, some fans are still not convinced that the relationship is safe and appropriate.
Over the weekend, multiple women came forward claiming Diplo attempted to groom them from a young age, including a woman named Shelly who detailed her experience with the DJ in a lengthy Twitter thread.
Shelly alleges that Diplo hired a private investigator to scare her into staying silent after she had a disagreement with the artist. She claims she has “disgusting details” on Diplo and that the PI threatened her.
She says Diplo preys primarily on women on colour, a sentiment echoed across Twitter by many alleged victims.
“Not only did I give this man my innocence in every sense of the word,” she wrote. “I let him manipulate me, I let him confuse, I let him make me feel like I [owed] him way more than I ever should and I let him have a complete hold and control over me.”
She finishes by saying Diplo filmed their “sexual activity” despite Shelly asking him not to.
Shelly says she has tried to come forward in the past, but only now are people ready to listen.
Diplo has not responded to Shelly or other allegations of his inappropriate behaviour at the time of publication.