Rapper Tyga is no stranger to controversy when it comes to his personal life. His relationship with Kylie Jenner, who he first befriended when she was 14, only became legal when she turned 18 last August. His ex-girlfriend, Blac Chyna, still manages to make headlines about their former relationship. He was also the center of an infidelity scandal in July 2015, when an anonymous tipster leaked dirty photos and texts that Tyga allegedly sent to trans actress Mia Isabella. And today (January 5), his lawyers are hard at work once again, fending off charges that he contacted a 14-year-old girl with murky intent.

Molly O'Malia held a press conference on Monday accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred, and read a statement that detailed her version of events. The minor became Allred's client after Ok! magazine ran a story about her exchanges with Tyga, poorly pixelating her image and effectively revealing her identity. According to O'Malia, this resulted in online harassment from people who accused her of sleeping with Tyga.

"The truth is, Tyga contacted me first. He direct messaged me on Instagram. I knew who he was, but I was surprised he was contacting me." O'Malia, who is a model and aspiring singer, continued, "I thought that it could possibly be about my music, but he did not mention it in his first message. I thought that was strange, but I was thinking he would bring it up in his next message."

O'Malia alleges that the rapper asked her to FaceTime with him three times, but she declined. "Because of my discomfort with what he wanted to communicate to me, so I stopped responding," she went on. Then, struggling to hold it together, the teenager clarified, "I never sent the communication to OK! magazine, and I don't know how they obtained them." She said she wouldn't have wished it published — and if she's indeed being bullied for tearing Tyga and Kylie's precious love asunder, why on earth would she want the story published? O'Malia also maintained that neither she nor her mother were contacted prior to publication.

There is currently no talk of a lawsuit against Tyga or OK!, with O'Malia stating that she held the press conference because "I don't want what happened to me to happen to any other young girl."

Tyga's lawyer, Anthony Martini, confirmed to TMZ that Tyga did reach out to O'Malia, but claimed it was only to scout her for his label. Tyga's counsel also provided text messages to the site that purport to show O'Malia telling Tyga she's 17. This seems like an attempt to smear the 14-year-old's credibility — a child lying about their age, who has ever heard of such a thing??!? Yet Tyga's lawyers didn't explain why the rapper kept asking how old she was with such urgency.

Even if you find yourself inclined to believe Tyga and his counsel over a very young teenager who has yet to seek any type of financial restitution and is defending herself against claims that actually cast a shadow on her nascent music career rather than furthering it, something still doesn't quite add up. And even in a world where this girl, who is not yet old enough for a learner's permit in many states, did initially enjoy the out-of-nowhere attention from a celebrity, it's still worth asking three questions:

  1. Why was Tyga privately reaching out to a teenage girl, and continuing one-on-one communication even after he learned she was a teenager?
  2. Why was Tyga, a 26-year-old man, privately reaching out to a teenage girl and continuing one-on-one communication even after he learned she was a teenager? and finally,
  3. Why was Tyga, a 26-year-old man who once rapped in reference to his teen girlfriend,"They say she young, I should've waited / She a big girl, dog, when she stimulated," reaching out to a teenage girl and continuing one-on-one communication even after he learned she was a teenager?

Watch the video of O'Malia's statement below.


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