Pop singer Bebe Rexha has opened up about her experience of working with producers as a fledgling artist after moving to L.A., saying, "I felt like I was going to get raped."
Bebe spoke to Cosmopolitan magazine, where she went into detail about her experiences:
"When I first got to L.A., I worked with a very big producer. He put me in a room with lots of other songwriters and engineers who all seemed high [on drugs]," she shared with the outlet. "One writer walked in and said, 'Listen -- you have no hits, but I have loads, so I'm going to go downstairs and party with my friends and you're going to write a song, record the vocals and edit it. That will be our song that we wrote together.'"
"There was a producer who would come into the studio and massage my feet," she explained. "One time he tried to go above my knees and was getting a little rough, [so] I pulled my feet away. He said, 'Nah, I'm going to do what I want.' But I was raised to never let someone touch my body if I don't want them to."
She also claimed that the producer's assistant once called her in the middle of the night to say the producer wanted to buy her a sundress to wear with "no underwear."
"He's really famous," Bebe said. "My former managers said, 'Just work with him, you need a hit song.'" But even that wasn't the worst experience she had apparently faced.
She recounted another incident, but does not name the producer she is speaking of.
"There was one night," she explained. "I was alone in the studio and a [different] producer had a group of five or six guys with him. I had heard things about him from his past and I just couldn't take it any more. I felt like I was going to get raped. I quietly called myself a taxi from the recording booth, which was enclosed, and I got the f--k out of there. It was the worst night ever."