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Cyndi Lauper’s son hit with sex assault suit for 2020 encounter

Cyndi Lauper’s troubled son is being sued for sexual assault by his ex-girlfriend, who claims he assaulted her and left her feeling helpless and scared after inviting her to his Manhattan apartment four years ago, The Washington Post has learned.

Deklyn “Dex” Roper Thornton, the son of the legendary pop singer, allegedly forced the woman to perform oral sex and manhandled her while holding her down and forcing his penis in her face, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

“After I was assaulted, I panicked,” the woman, who is suing anonymously as Jane Doe, told The Washington Post in an exclusive phone interview about the alleged attack that took place on Nov. 9, 2020, at Roper Thornton’s SoHo home.

Cyndi Lauper’s son files sexual assault lawsuit. Bruce Grikas/Getty Images

“At that point I felt like my life was truly in danger,” she said.

The suit adds another wrinkle to the legal troubles for Roper Thornton, 26, who is facing eviction from the $7,200-a-month Financial District apartment he moved into in October and has a history of arrests on burglary and firearms charges.

A phone number for Roper Thornton could not be found, and it was not immediately clear whether he had hired an attorney for the new civil suit.

The plaintiff, a 28-year-old insurance broker who lived in New York but has since moved out of state, is seeking unspecified damages for “emotional and mental harm” he suffered as a result of the “humiliating” attack, court documents state.

According to the lawsuit, for about nine months beginning in February 2020, she dated on and off with Roper Thornton, the only son of music icon Cindy and her husband, Law & Order actor David Thornton.

According to court documents, on the day of the alleged attack, Roper Thornton sent her $60 in Cash App for a private car ride from her home to his apartment on Thompson Street, where she lived at the time.

When she arrived, Roper Thornton “appeared agitated” and the two “immediately disagreed about the sexual acts he allegedly wanted her to perform,” according to the lawsuit.

The music star’s troubled son has previously been arrested twice for stealing a Mercedes and possessing guns and drugs. Stephen Hirsch

She told him she wanted to leave and felt uncomfortable, at which point Roper Thornton grabbed her cell phone and threatened to break it “if she didn’t perform a blow job,” the complaint states.

According to the criminal complaint, Roper Thornton allegedly pushed her onto the bed three times as she tried to leave the bedroom, then exposed his penis and held down her arms.

According to the lawsuit, Doe “repeatedly asked Roper to help her stand up because he was being too forceful, but he refused.”

He then said, “Forced[ed] According to the lawsuit, when Jane Doe warned him she was going to bite him, the defendant then forced his genitals against her mouth and placed his teeth there.

Roper Thornton is also being sued by landlords seeking eviction. Curtis Means of DailyMail.com

He then used his entire body weight to press down on her neck and head with both hands, “causing popping sounds to be heard from her neck and upper spine,” according to the complaint.

According to the lawsuit, Roper Thornton finally released his hold after hearing a “pop.”

“See, I told you not to do that,” the man said, calling her a “bitch” and a “nigger” and threatening that no one would believe her if she did it again, the lawsuit states.

Doe then took Roper Thornton’s cell phone to get his own back, and the two exchanged phones in his kitchen, court documents state.

The sexual assault accuser alleges he attacked her on Nov. 9, 2022, at the apartment on Thompson Street in Soho, where she was living at the time. Google Maps

After the woman left and stood in the lobby of his building, Roper Thornton called her and “told her he was sorry for what he had just done,” the lawsuit alleges.

But she was “frightened by his presence” and never saw him again, despite his efforts to arrange for the pair to meet “several times,” court documents allege.

“It was past the point of no return,” the woman told The Washington Post, adding that she never wanted to see him again. “I’ll never be able to look at this man the same way again.”

She said he would call her from various numbers and ask to meet, but she avoided further meetings.

The woman, who filed the lawsuit anonymously as Jane Doe, never saw him again after the incident. Stephen Hirsch

“I was nervous just talking to him,” she said.

“It was definitely a terrifying experience for me,” she added. “Even after all these years, I still feel just as traumatized as I did before.”

The woman, who did not file a criminal complaint, said she did not come forward sooner because she “felt powerless at the time.”

“I think I understand now that I deserve some kind of justice, whatever the outcome,” she said, adding that “we need to raise awareness of this issue” and hope it will prevent attacks on other women in the future.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Stephen Hirsch

“Maybe people need to be warned about this guy,” she said.

Her lawyer, Mark Cillian, said: “This lawsuit seeks to hold Mr. Roper accountable for the significant harm he has caused our client.”

“Our clients have a right to be heard and to seek the justice they deserve.”

Roper Thornton has been in the headlines this year, most recently when The Washington Post reported in April that his landlord had filed a lawsuit to evict the music icon’s son from his luxury Financial District apartment. The landlord accused the son of being a “neighbor from hell” who played loud music, yelled late into the night and filled their apartment with the smell of marijuana.

Roper Thornton was arrested in February on gun and drug charges following a shooting in Harlem. He is being held on $200,000 bail, but the case remains pending.

He was also arrested in July 2022 for allegedly double-parking a stolen Mercedes while attending a memorial service for a 14-year-old aspiring rapper who was stabbed to death. He took a plea deal in the case and avoided prison time.

Criminal lawyers at Roper Thornton did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

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