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Years after his death, legendary singer Rick James is being accused of raping a 15-year-old girl during an incident that allegedly took place back in 1979.

According to the Associated Press, a New York woman, who has kept her identity under wraps, is seeking damages against James, who passed away in 2004, for allegedly raping her in 1979 when she was just 15 years old. The woman claims that the late star was visiting one of the parents at the group home in Buffalo. She said he came into her room after dinner and raped her.

“He grabbed my hair and pushed my head into the pillow,” she said in the suit. “I tried to fight him off, but he told me to ‘shut up and quit moving or I’ll cut you.’”

The woman says that she suffered “physical, psychological and emotional injury” from the alleged assault. He was convicted in 1993 of assaulting two women and spent more than two years behind bars.

 This is not the first time that James has been accused of sexual misconduct.