Doja Cat’s mother says her son abused her and Singer in a restraining order filing


Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer, the mother of Doja Cat, has made allegations that her son Raman Dalithando Dlamini committed acts of violence against both her and the singer.

Sawyer, who is 62 years old, submitted a request for a temporary restraining order against her son, who is 30 years old, and cited the singer, whose real name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, who is 28 years old, as someone who requires protection.

The court records were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on January 12 and were obtained by PEOPLE.

In the documents, it is stated that the singer of “Paint the Town Red” accused her brother of making her feel “unsafe and traumatized,” as well as knocking out her teeth and inflicting a number of scars and bruises on her body.

Doja Cat's mother says her son abused her and Singer
Doja Cat in New York City in April 2023

It is said in the document that “Raman has verbally assaulted her in a very degrading and demeaning [manner]” and that this has caused Doja to “feel unsafe and traumatized through the experience.”

Additionally, Doja’s mother asserts that Raman unlawfully took and destroyed a number of the Grammy winner’s personal things.

Sawyer asserts that Raman has choked her and threatened to murder her on multiple occasions over the course of the past year, and that he has also been physically abusive toward her. Additionally, she asserted that the most recent violent episode involving her son took place at the beginning of January.

Doja Cat's mother says her son abused her and Singer
Doja Cat in Los Angeles in November 2020

Doja’s mother claims that she has been granted interim restraining orders against Raman since 2017, but that these orders have now expired. This information is included in the filings.

In response to PEOPLE’s requests for comment, representatives for the artist who performed “Say So” have not yet provided a response.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, it was announced that Doja will be performing at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2024, with Lana Del Rey and Tyler, the Creator. Doja will be one of the headliners at the festival. A reunion of No Doubt is also included in the roster of performers.

J Balvin, Jhené Aiko, Lil Yachty, DJ Snake, Reneé Rapp, Bebe Rexha, Coi Leray, Tems, Victoria Monét, and a number of other artists are scheduled to perform under her direction on April 14 and 21, respectively. She is scheduled to be the headlining act.

In September 2023, Doja released her most recent album, titled Scarlet, which was published on Kemosabe and RCA Records. She provided confirmation that the album was on its way by posting on Instagram, which she has since removed, confirming the title of her record.

Planet Her, which was released in June 2021 and was nominated for both album of the year and best pop vocal album at the 64th Grammy Awards, was the album that served as the follow-up to Planet Her.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here