During her appearance on the SiriusXM podcast Conversations with Maria Menounos, Ashanti revealed a particular story about a producer who crossed a pressional line. Ashanti stopped short naming the producer, contending that harassment has been a constant issue for her in particular. The men in positions authority have long confused peer to peer work relationships as opportunities to make sexual advances. Ashanti
recounted how this particular producer upped his asking price after she rebuffed his advances.
"I've come across a situation where there was a certain producer that, you know, he had his little crush or whatever, but it wasn't anything new, you know? And once I said 'no,' all a sudden the track became $45K."
Ashanti quickly called his called his behaviour into question. The producer responded by suggesting they take a shower together in lieu coming up with a payment plan for the recording session. It's unclear whether Ashanti stood her ground or actively suppressed her anger in the moment, but she does recall calling upon her big brother to scare the living daylights out the producer. The producer went on to gift Ashanti with three free beats, two which he also mixed and mastered.
The whole segment is available here.