Justice is served! Actor and rapper Kaalan Rashad Walker was convicted of serial rape yesterday. The “Firefly” actor was seen sobbing in the courtroom as the jury read the split verdict against him.
Four months after his film “Superfly” was released in 2018, Walker was hit with nine felony sexual assault charges including five counts of forcible rape, three counts of sexual penetration with foreign objects and one count of forcible oral copulation.
Multiple Rape Charges
Prosecutors accused Kaalan of “sophisticated” attacks on multiple women and minors between 2013 and 2018. The 27-year-old Empire Records signee was accused of sexual assault by nearly 30 women.
Yesterday, he was found guilty of assaulting four women and three minors who were aspiring 16-year-old models. Originally, Kaalan was facing over a dozen similar cases, which involved more than 10 reported victims. However, Kaalan is acquitted of crimes involving three of the 10 victims, including charges of forcible assault.
As the jury read its split judgment in a Los Angeles court, a sobbing Walker said, “I didn’t rape anybody, your honor. I did not rape anybody.” However, prosecutors called him a “serial rapist” who used Drake’s name to make himself appeal to young and aspiring. models.
District Attorney Cynthia Wallace said after the verdict that “We feel that with this verdict, the jury gave these victims back their voices. This was very sophisticated. He picked these girls and appealed to their dreams and hopes and name-dropped Drake and used his connection to Halle Berry to get these girls somewhere and gain their trust. Once they were there, it wasn’t about doing photoshoots, it was about assaulting them.”
March 2022 Trial
Walker’s trial began in March when District Attorney Yasmin Fardghassemi narrated to the jury of Van Nuys, CA about the case including multiple women and teens who were not connected in any manner.
The only common thing between these women was that these women and teens made strikingly similar allegations against the rapper. It came out that Walker used social media handles like Instagram and Twitter to lure these victims to different locations for fake music video shoots.
i saw that kaalan walker (@/whokr) is out of jail i’m just here to let you know that he is a serial rap*st and has assaulted some of my friends in the process. he uses his name and talents that should be used for good as an outlet to take advantage of women.
— Ally Green (@Vintageasoul) March 6, 2021
Walker even made false promises to introduce them to celebrities and help them with their career. In reality, he took advantage of these people and raped them Yasmin further stated that “You’re going to see a dark side of him …When they said Stop, he didn’t care.”
Walker was previously arrested in 2018 and released on bail of $1,080,000. However, several women took to the street for justice. Walker’s Superfly co-star Kehlani took to social media to support these victims. The pressure was created to investigate this actor.
Walker’s attorney will appeal
Walker has maintained his innocence and pleaded “not guilty”. His attorney Andrew Flier stated in an email that “Mr Walker maintains his complete innocence to the charges and allegations. The defense is very confidant [sic] that the convictions will be reversed.”
Walker started his career in Hollywood with the high school dance collective Marvel Inc. He later signed for Empire Records and toured with famous artists like G Eazy, SchoolBoy Q, Isaiah Rashad and Waka Flocka. He got global fame with his song “It Could Happen”. But again, who knew that much was hidden behind this young boy’s talent.
The Kings star has witnessed his fall at an early stage. Walker faces a maximums sentence of 100 years to life in prison. The next hearing is scheduled for May 27, 2022. Walker may cry out loud about his innocence but evidence suggest otherwise. For these victims, it is a real victory as the jury became their voice. What do you think?