Buck 65 Breaks Silence on Assault Allegation
News Brief
Buck 65 Breaks Silence on Assault Allegation
CANADALAND first reached out to Terfry with questions this past April. We received no response. We asked again last week, seeking comment through his editor, his management, and Terfry directly. We received no response, so we sent a reporter to his book-signing at a Toronto library. She was also denied comment. Yesterday, Rich Terfry responded to CANADALAND:

In his book Wicked and Weird, CBC host and rapper Rich Terfry writes of being jailed for almost two months in Russia after a spurned, delusional woman falsely accuses him of assault.

The book has been promoted as both true and fabricated, at times described as a memoir of true stories, at times as an “auto-fictional” work.

Yes, I was telling the truth. It’s really all I have to say.

We sent one last email to Terfry, detailing his side of the story as we now understand it and inviting him to correct any inaccuracies. He has not responded.
Here’s what it said:
Hi Rich,
If I can impose on your patience a bit more, can you confirm that I have your side of this straight?
1.You wrote in your book that you were accused of assault and jailed in Moscow. But you now maintain that you have never actually been accused of assault or jailed.
2.You wrote in an email that you were in fact questioned by police. You maintain that this is true.

3.However, you deny now that the reason for this questioning was an assault accusation, but you decline to say what you were in fact questioned about.

4.In the same email, you concede that you had misrepresented the truth earlier, when you said that you had spent a month in a Paris jail. The reason you gave for this “exaggeration” was that it was “a pathetic grab for sympathy”. Accurate?

5. I have spoken to several other people who confirm that you told them similar versions of this story and presented it as truth: that you were accused of assault in Paris and jailed, sometimes for weeks, sometimes for a month. Is your position now that all of these accounts you gave were false?

I appreciate your timely attention to this.

CANADALAND asked one of the women who came forward, under condition of anonymity, why she felt compelled to counter Terfry’s public accounts, both through his Facebook post and in his book.
From her response:

“If he was just some normal guy who did this I wouldn’t be determined… But he absolutely is in a position of power and has people on his side who essentially help him keep abusing that power. He has support from lawyers, publicists, management, the CBC. All of them pushing this completely constructed facade…We all looked him up on the net before we got involved. There was NOTHING to make us hesitate.

I want there to be something out there to warn people, and not just his twisted version of the ‘truth’. “

I think you should be getting our newsletter

Get a weekly note about our top stories.

This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.

Latest Stories
The CBC fired a reporter who tried to blow the whistle on systemic racism
Essential Voices: Working in the Pandemic
The Best And Worst Tweets Of 2020
This is such an easy decision!Support our stuff, we'll make you proud.

We are a very rare kind of company – actually and truly independent journalism. 

We tell great stories that need to be told, without fear or favour.

We work for you.

Support us. We uncover secrets and hold the powerful to account. 

We've done it before. We keep doing it. 

Plus: ad-free podcasts, maybe some socks or a t-shirt. Up to you.