The mother of slain rapper XXXTENTACION has filed a defamation lawsuit against his half-sister for claiming his murder was an inside job.

Cleopatra Bernard is suing Ariana Onfroy for $15,000 (£10,000) in damages for alleging his own family was behind the killing. The hip hop sensation, born Jahseh Onfroy, was gunned down in June at the age of 20 during an armed robbery outside a motorcycle dealership in Florida.

“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 state in legal documents obtained by The Daily Beast. “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 charge emerged following an interview Onfroy gave in September, claiming the “Sad!” rapper was murdered by someone in his inner circle.

Four men have been arrested over their suspected involvement in the late hip hop star’s death. They have each been charged with first-degree murder, while the alleged gunman, Trayvon Newsome, has also been hit with charges of robbery with a deadly weapon.

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