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“Love and Hip Hop” star Mendeecees Harris — who appeared on the show with his fiancee Yandy Smith — has been cleared of multiple child sex charges … that would have put him in prison for decades.
Harris was charged with sexual assault, child endangerment and promoting prostitution — after being accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl to watch porn with him, expose herself to him, and perform oral sex on him back in 2009.
Relatives and friends of Mendeecees Harris erupted in a courtroom in state Superior Court in Hackensack as the panel came back from less than a few hours of deliberations and cleared him of multiple charges of sexual assault, child endangerment and promoting prostitution.
“We love you! We love you!” one woman screamed at the jurors while several other relatives, who filled up half of the courtroom, clapped and cheered, with more than a dozen sheriff’s officers struggling to calm the crowd.
Some, including Harris’ fiancée, Yandi Smith, burst into tears while the jury foreman announced a total of eight “not guilty” verdicts — clearing him of charges that would have put him behind bars for decades had he been convicted. The crowd eventually was escorted out of the courtroom.
Harris’ attorney released a statement after the decision, saying, “My client and his family are jubilant that these charges are now behind him … This is real drama, not TV.”
But Harris isn’t out of the woods yet — he’s currently awaiting another trial in New York, where he’s charged with conspiracy to distribute 5 kilos of cocaine. He faces upwards of 5 years in prison if convicted.
source: TMZ and NorthJersey
The alleged victim in the teen-sex trial of Mendeecees Harris testified today.
Via the Cliffview Pilot:
The alleged victim in the teen-sex trial of Mendeecees Harris testified today that he told her she was “better than [her] mother” after coercing her into oral sex by revealing his knowledge of a dark secret from her past.
Speaking in a barely audible whisper, her voice sometimes breaking, the now-19-year-old woman told jurors in Hackensack that the former “Love & Hip Hop” star went from being a “father figure” she could trust to someone who forced her into sex for money after she moved into his Lodi home in the summer of 2009.
It left her feeling guilty and ashamed, she said during more than an hour of testimony.
Now holding two jobs in the South, the tall, slender woman told jurors she had to quit nursing school to be at the trial because “you can’t miss that many days of class.”
After moving in with Harris, his girlfriend and her brothers, the woman testified, she routinely reported to him for permission to go out, among other reasons. Her mother was usually at work while she was home with Harris and the boys after school, she said, during questioning by Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Demetra Maurice.
Visibly uncomfortable, she gave brief responses to Maurice’s questions. Because she didn’t have much of a connection with her mother, she said, she confided in Harris.
“Mendeecees made me feel comfortable. He would give me advice. He’d say ‘It’ll be okay between you and your mom’,” the woman said.
Mendeecees Harris, already facing sexual abuse of a minor charges, is among three men accused of trafficking heroin and cocaine in the Rochester region, court papers show.
Authorities allege that the three trafficked $2.5 million worth of drugs between 2005 and August 2012.
While court records provide few details about the criminal case against Harris and his co-defendants, Ronald Walker and Tyrus Harris, the indictment shows that authorities have already seized more than $1.5 million from safety deposit boxes connected with the case.
Also seized was nearly $407,000 worth of jewelry and watches, including a $60,000 Rolex and another $35,000 Rolex.
Mendeecees charges include the following:
10-2434 01/30/2013 IND INDICTMENT SUPERIOR COURT
10-2434 01/30/2013 2C:34-1B(2) PROMOTING PROSTITUTION
10-2434 01/30/2013 2C:14-3B CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONTACT
10-2434 01/30/2013 2C:14-2A(2) AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT
10-2434 01/30/2013 2C:14-2C(3)(C) SEX ASLT/BY FOSTER PARENT/GARDIAN VIC 16/18 YRS OLD
10-2434 01/30/2013 2C:24-4A ENDANGER WELFARE OF CHILDREN
10-2434 01/30/2013 2C:14-2C(4) SEXUAL ASSAULT
Were you wondering, who’s this guy Mendeecees on episode 1 of Love and Hip-Hop New York?
Well, the answer to that question is below…
Yandy Smith’s fiance, Mendeecees is accused of molesting an underage girl in Lodi two years ago.
Jury selection began Wednesday in Hackensack for the trial of a hip-hop reality TV star accused of molesting an underage girl in Lodi two years ago.
Mendeecees Harris, a 34-year-old actor on the VH1 reality show “Love and Hip-Hop,” is charged with performing various sexual acts with a 15-year-old girl and inappropriately touching her at his former home in Lodi.
Bergen County prosecutors allege that Harris asked for and received oral sex from the girl and fondled her on various occasions between September 2009 and April 2010. He was arrested later that year and charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and child endangerment. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Harris remains free without bail. He was not present in state Superior Court in Hackensack during jury selection Wednesday. Court officials expect to have a full panel of jurors by Thursday, and attorneys are scheduled to make opening remarks on Jan. 29.