Mendeecees Harris Found Not Guilty in Child Molestation Case! [Details]
Rucuss staffFebruary 8, 2013
Love & Hip Hop New York star Mendeecees Harris was found not guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl on Friday.
Jurors came back with a not guilty verdict just a day after Harris testified he never touched the victim, who is now 19 years old. The alleged victim was the daughter of a former girlfriend who Harris shared a house with in New Jersey.
Harris was charged with promoting prostitution, criminal sexual contact, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault by a foster parent/guardian and endanger welfare of children.
Fellow “Love & Hip Hop” star Yandy Smith was among those in the courtroom who leapt to their feet and stomped, clapped, shouted and sobbed, raising arms skyward, as the verdicts to the eight individual charges were read just before 4 p.m.
“I love you!” one of them shouted to the jurors.
Sheriff’s officers then asked them to return to order.
When they wouldn’t, Presiding Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebbi ordered them to leave.
Harris insisted during testimony Thursday that he “never had a relationship” with the woman, who is now 19 and testified herself in the trial, which began Tuesday.
“That’s the truth – never, never – I never committed none of them acts to that girl in my life,” he told jurors.
Harris insisted that he was living in Lodi with the victim, her mother and their three boys at the time in order to protect his $50,000 down payment on the house after discovering his name wasn’t on the deed.
“I told her we need to either sell the house or you need to give me my down payment out,” Harris said. “My stuff was in boxes in the hallway for months.”
At that point, he said, he and the woman were just friends – including when she leased an apartment on Prospect Street in Hackensack and gave him a key in order to help him out.
Harris may have been found not guilty in this case, but his legal troubles are not over. Harris is among three men accused of trafficking heroin and cocaine in Rochester, New York. He is expected to be arraigned soon. Authorities were waiting until the trial ended.
Mendeecees was indicted on drug charges in the fall after a long investigation. Authorities allege that he trafficked $2.5 million worth of drugs between 2005 and August 2012.
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