A professional dancer who worked with Rihanna, JAY-Z, and Madonna has been accused of raping a 17-year-old girl.
Bijan Williams, 34, was taken into custody Sunday (July 9) after New York City police received a report of a sexual assault at a Chelsea hotel.
The alleged victim told authorities that after a night of drinking with Williams, she fell asleep in one of the hotel rooms.
The teenager said she was in and out of consciousness when she awoke to find Williams having sexual intercourse with her.
She said she tried to leave the room but was unable to do so because Williams had fallen asleep in front of the door to prevent her from departing.
When police arrived, Williams was not in the hotel room but still on the property. He was subsequently arrested and charged with rape and unlawful imprisonment.
At his arraignment late Sunday, a judge released Williams on his own recongziance and ordered that he stay away from the alleged victim.
Williams and teenager were known to each other prior to the alleged incident, although the nature of their relationship is unknown.
Williams has an impressive resume, having worked with music’s top performers, including Beyonce, according to ModelMayhem profile.
Per a YouTube video taken on the set of JAY-Z’s 2009 record “Run This Town” — which featured Kanye West and Rihanna — shows Williams working on set. He discusses artistic style and its differentiation.
According to his LinkedIn, Williams was once a pre-med student at a New Jersey college before deciding to study film at Oxford University.
His agency, Zanee Entertainment, was unaware of his arrest, reported the New York Daily News.
“This is the first I’m hearing about this. I need to speak to my client,” said a woman at the firm before disconnecting the call.
Williams is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 9