XXXTentacion's Mother Sues Half-Sister For Claiming Murder Was An Inside Job
Four people have been identified in regards to XXXTentacion's death, but his family is currently engaged a legal dispute over his murder case. X's mother, Cleopatra Bernard is reportedly suing the rapper's half-sister, Ariana Onfroy, for libel and slander after she claimed X's murder was the result of an inside job, The Daily Beast reports.
Ariana's comments stem from an interview she did with British publication The Sun in Sept. 2018, in which she claimed some one from her brother's inner circle informed the criminals of where he would be to set him up.
The article didn't directly name Bernard as the culprit, but she feels as though Ariana's statements are damaging to the family name. "It is with such sadness and remorse that the tragic end of [Bernard’s] son’s life had to be muddied with the disgraceful and hatred [sic] words of his sister towards his own mother," Bernard’s lawyers Aaron Behar said in the legal document. "Given [Onfroy’s] horrific and emotionally disturbing accusations made purely out of spite, Plaintiff cannot simply ignore the damage the comments have caused not only to her reputation, but also to her financial and business endeavors as well."
The legal spat might stem fro more than Ariana's comments about X's death however. In The Sun's article, Onfroy also claimed that she is no longer permitted to visit her brother's grave, although it's unclear why. She also accused Bernard of keeping X's newborn child away.
Bernard's lawsuit doesn't address whether some of the claims are true, but screenshots from conversations on social media were posted on Reddit that suggest Bernard and Onfroy are not on good terms. They also allege that X didn't have a good relationship with his half-sister.
As previously reported, XXXTentacion was shot and killed in June 2018. Four suspects were arrested in relation to his murder, including the alleged gun man Michael Boatwright. While the official motive has not been revealed by police, the suspects were believed to be targeting the rapper because of his money.
The rapper's mother is seeking $15,000 in damages.