Former “New York Undercover” star Malik Yoba is apparently firing back at claims that he had inappropriate relationships with transgender sex workers in the ’90s — uniquely, by posting (then deleting) a freestyle rap.
The controversy kicked off last week after Yoba said on Instagram that he is “trans attracted”: “Trans people deserve love and respect as do those of us that love them! I love all women and count myself among those that find themselves trans attracted,” he wrote.
Yoba first received praise for the post. But backlash began with a bombshell allegation by a trans woman, Mariah Lopez Ebony, who on Facebook asked fans to hold their applause.
“For all who applaud and solute [sic] Malik Yoba for revealing he is so called ‘Trans Attracted,’ understand that either because of deeper issues he has or, because of ‘society’ pushing him and others to deep, dark places, his admission to being sexually attracted to trans women, is bound to open a Pandora’s box for him; not because the women are Trans, but because many of the trans women he engaged in sexual exploration and exploitation with on 14th Street, Times Square and elsewhere, were minors, including myself,” Ebony wrote.
Other trans women flooded the comments section with their own alleged stories about Yoba.
But in a now-deleted video, he rapped: “How quickly people love to spread news/With no proof of child abuse/You confuse, I see you/You choose to try to make me lose/But I can’t/If you try to stand in my shoes/You would lose.” And, “You can’t win when you live in sin … At the beginning, I told you there was the word/And the word said we would love/And we would love each other/No matter what, you my sister, my brother/Whether you be a trans man or a trans woman.” He revealed, “Yes, this is a freestyle.”
The actor ended by saying, “A lot of nonsense is floating around town … I’m like, ‘What am I going to say about all this?’ I’m not going to defend myself. I’m going to dig deep.”