On Thursday 3 March 2022, Canadian rapper Drake filed for a temporary restraining order against Mesha Collins, a woman who has reportedly been harassing him for several years. The legal action bars Collins from contacting or coming within 100 yards (91 metres) of Drake, his four-year-old son Adonis, his parents and his lawyer.
In documents obtained by E! News, the rapper alleged that Collins had been harassing him on and off since 2017 despite never having met or communicated with her, adding, “Ms. Collins is a stalker. I have no relationship whatsoever with her.”
“She has sent messages saying she wishes me dead, and that I should shoot myself and my son with a bullet,” Drake stated in the papers. “As a result of Ms. Collins’ harassment and obsession with me, I have suffered and continue to suffer emotional distress and am concerned for my safety and that of my family.”
In 2017, the woman, who is now 29, was arrested and found guilty of trespassing after breaking into Drake’s Los Angeles home. Then in August 2021, she sued the rapper, seeking $4 billion in damages for alleged defamation and invasion of privacy. In a December email to Drake’s lawyer, Collins asked to arrange mediation, adding that she was homeless. He denied her request.
The civil complaint was dismissed that same month, with the judge noting that Collins “has not demonstrated any of [Drake]’s statements were about [her] or that he used her identity, name, or likeness in his Instagram posts or endorsements,” Billboard reported at the time.
According to a court record included in Drake’s filing, during a February 2022 hearing Collins “conceded that she has been arrested three times for trespassing on [Drake]’s property and another five to six times for assaulting or spitting his fans, or otherwise disturbing the peace surrounding” the rapper.
Just after, Collins herself sought a restraining order against the ‘Hotline Bling’ singer but it was denied for lack of evidence. The rapper’s lawyer wrote in the latest filing that he emailed Collins to ask her to serve him, not the musician but the lawyer himself, with the papers and to tell her to not attempt to go to Drake’s home to serve him directly.
“In response to my email, Collins sent me a series of extremely disturbing emails,” the attorney wrote, “threatening not only Mr. Graham [Drake’s last name], but also his son and myself. In these messages, she expresses her desire that Mr. Graham die and that I get what I ‘deserve’.”
He continued, “It is clear that Collins’ behavior and obsession with Graham is escalating, and I am very concerned by the contents of these messages which I believe necessitate the entry of a restraining order against her.”
Less than two months ago, in January 2022, it was alleged that Drake himself was facing a lawsuit from a woman he had intercourse with after she tried emptying the remnants of the condom they used to get pregnant from the rapper, only to realise he had poured hot sauce into it to “kill his sperm.” It is unclear whether the lawsuit has been settled.