Mendeecees Indicted On Drug Trafficking Charges During Sex Trial
Mendeecees Harris, Vh1’s Love& Hip Hop new cast member, and who is Yandy Smith’s boyfriend/baby-daddy, is facing federal criminal charges for drug trafficking in Rochester, New York.
The indictment stems from a raid last summer at the home that Harris shared with Yandy Smith, a fellow promoter who brought him onto VH1’s the “Love & Hip Hop” program.
The new reality star is allegedly one of three men that trafficked $2.5 million worth of cocaine and heroine between 2005 and August of 2012.
Authorities have seized more than $1.5 million from safety deposit boxes connected with the case. Plenty of property was also seized which included nearly $407,000 worth of jewelry and watches, including a $60,000 Rolex and another $35,000 Rolex. Authorities are also pushing for the forfeiture of properties in Georgia and Baltimore.
The two other men in connection with the case, Ronald Walker and Tyrus Harris, have both pleaded not guilty at their arraignment. Harris had been free on bail pending the trial. But he has been in the Bergen County Jail since his arrest last week on drug charges out of Rochester, N.
Mendeecees is currently on trial for sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. The alleged victim in the teen-sex trial of Mendeecees Harris took the witness stand today, and testified for more then a hour revealing 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.
Mendeecees Harris manipulated a girl in her mid-teens into having sex with him on a regular basis in his Lodi home, a prosecutor told jurors in Hackensack today during opening arguments in the former “Love & Hip Hop” star’s rape trial. “We call it taking candy from a baby,” Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Demetra Maurice said.
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, New Jersey 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.
Then came an afternoon when, with no one else home, she realized in the shower that she didn’t have a towel.
“I asked him to get me one, and he did,” the woman testified. “Then he came into my room and suggested I let him masturbate on me, but I just laughed.”
The suggestions continued, she said, until she relented. She said Harris then gave her $15 or $20 “for lunch or maybe a ball game.”
But that wasn’t enough for him, the woman testified: Using an extremely private piece of information, he coerced her into providing oral sex.
“He told me he knew I had been raped when I was 8 years old,” she said, “and he found out from my mother.
“ ‘Your mom doesn’t want you here’,” the woman said Harris told her before exposing himself.
She said she complied with his desire out of spite “to get back at my mom.”
“I felt betrayed by her,” she said. “I didn’t tell her about it until I was 14, and it was something I didn’t want anyone to know.”
Similar favors were demanded – and provided — for “$15 or $20” when she needed money for expenses, the woman testified. Eventually Harris enlisted her younger brothers by suggesting, when they asked him for money, to “talk to your sister. She knows what she has to do.”
The relationship ended, she said, when her mother took her cellphone to punish her for missing curfew and found a message on it from Harris.
“I heard them in their room yelling, I felt bad,” she said. “She came in my room and she was livid. She told me to get out. She was just screaming to me to get out. I don’t remember if she said why.”
The woman said she went to a friend’s house to spend the night.
“My mom didn’t know where I was,” she testified, “but Mendeecees did.”
The next day he came to find her, she said. He told her that her mother had packed her belongings – and then asked her: “Please don’t tell her anything about us,” the woman said.
“He said she didn’t know anything, so don’t say anything. It was something he would ‘take to his grave.’ He [also] told me they were done.
“I felt horrible,” the woman said. “At one point Mendeecees and my mother were going to get married. I felt it was all my fault.”
Defense attorney Brian Neary called the incidents fabrications, and “never happened” and that the girl concocted the story “so she would be able to stay in New Jersey.”
The teen “had her own problems” the day she reported the alleged relationship, he contended: “She broke curfew, she went to New York and got a piercing her mother didn’t approve of.“
“He never asked her for sexual favors and never, ever offered her money,” Neary said during opening arguments today, adding that the teen was troubled and “had her own problems.
“Her claims are so unplausible, so unbelievable, as to cast doubt on what she says,” the defense attorney added. “The prosecutor has put all the evidence simply on the girl’s word. It is only her say-so.
“She knows that Mendeecee Harris has some celebrity.”
Last week, during a status conference, Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silbebi asked Harris whether he’d accept a flat five-year prison sentence offered by prosecutors in exchange for a guilty plea.
He refused, setting the stage for the trial. Jury selection was completed last month.
Harris faces seven counts of illegal sex with the girl, including giving her money as an inducement, Maurice told the jury, outlining a “very skillful manipulation” of a young girl who “had had a bit of a rough upbringing.”
Some of the incidents allegedly occurred while the youngster was still 15 and others after her 16th birthday, when Harris was more than four years older – the standard in New Jersey for statutory rape.
If convicted of the charges, Harris would face up to 20 years in prison.