Toronto native Derek Bissue, whose rap moniker is Derek Wise, was arrested on 15 charges related to a human trafficking investigation.
Vice reports (per the official police report) that Wise, a member of rap crew Get Home Safe (GHS) and an affiliate of The Weeknd’s XO collective, was apprehended by police after a 21-year-old woman alleged that he forced her into the sex trade and exotic dancing, and assaulted her before “an attempt to take her money resulted in police intervention.”
The 22-year-old Mississauga native has been charged with a bevy of crimes, including trafficking in persons, uttering threats of death and bodily harm, robbery, weapons charges, two counts of overcoming resistance by choking, and three counts of theft under $5,000.
The report states that there may be more victims
Read his manager, Quincy Nanatakyi’s, statement below:
“The investigation against Derek is both shocking and offensive. These accusations, which we take very seriously were brought to the police after Derek attempted to end an unhealthy relationship with a mentally unstable individual. Derek’s character would not allow him to commit any of the allegations he is facing.
Unfortunately, the mental health of his accuser is in question as well. During their relationship Derek was a victim of physical abuse, slanderous accusations, and was threatened that his career would be ruined by the same person who has now made these erroneous allegations. Having had to deal with these abuses before the investigation, Derek would never put anyone through the same pain he was forced to experience. Derek would like everyone to please understand that all slanderous accusations against him are completely untrue and he empathizes with ALL victims of any and every form of abuse. GHS also known as get home safe members and affiliates of Derek Bissue also known as Derek Wise do not promote any of the negative and horrendous claims brought against Derek. As a young man raised by a single mother who Derek found love and endless inspiration, he would never put himself into a situation that would cause harm to a woman. It hurts me to see my best friend and business partner in this situation. People change when they see someone close to them elevating their mindset and focusing on positive routes to success. I want all of his fans, friends and loved ones to send positive energy for this tiresome, somber, and ridiculous situation. Lastly, I want to state that due to the legal process I cannot disclose any more information at this time. Also please understand that there are two sides to every story.”
Photo: Toronto Police Service