Darrell Lawrence Bailey, the father of 25-year-old Atlanta rapper Destiny Bailey, professionally known as Dess Dior, has been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl who lived with him. The mother of the victim told The North Carolina Beat that Dess Dior was pa*sive-aggressive in her apology to her daughter and attempted to kick them out of Darrell’s home.
A mother from Georgia tells The North Carolina Beat that an Atlanta producer, with whom she and her daughter had previously lived, allegedly raped her 14-year-old daughter. The victim’s mother, Alexis Ellis, told The North Carolina Beat that she and Darrell Lawrence Bailey first met in 2020 (***Date updated from 2022 to 2020***) at Home Depot, where both worked as forklift drivers in Savannah, Georgia. She said that on several occasions she had lent Darrell some money and he paid her back.
She spoke about them being cool and having a good relationship at the time.
In January 2023, Alexis mentioned that she was involved with a man she wanted to distance herself from, and Darrell offered to open his home to her and her children. Around February 2023, she said Darrell entered her daughter’s room around 5:00 a.m., and allegedly raped her 14-year-old daughter. Alexis said her daughter is an introvert, as she tends to keep to herself and often stays in her room.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office informed The North Carolina Beat on Thursday afternoon that Darrell is in their jail without bond. He faces charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, statutory rape, and aggravated child molestation.
“When my daughter told me what happened, I was at a funeral two hours away,” Alexis said.
Before the alleged rape, Alexis said she called her daughter and told her to pack clothes for herself and her siblings because she was coming to get them the next morning.
“He got to her, before I could get to her,” Alexis told The North Carolina Beat. “He raped my daughter in the wee hours of the morning.”
After it happened, Alexis said her daughter called her and told her. She said that her two-hour trip turned into an hour and thirty minutes as she drove to McDonough to get to her daughter. Alexis said her daughter told her about every move Darrell allegedly made on her 14-year-old daughter.
“I was on the phone with her from the moment she called me all the way until I got to her,” Alexis said. “She was whispering to me the whole time telling me everything.”
Alexis said her daughter told her that Darrell said he was about to leave to get some pizza – after allegedly raping her daughter. Alexis said she immediately called 911 and told them that she didn’t trust herself because of what Darrell had allegedly just done to her daughter.
“I told them what happened and that I didn’t trust myself,” Alexis said. “It was no telling what was going to happen because my mind was all over the place.”
Darrell Bailey left to go get pizza after alleged rape.
Alexis said that when she arrived at the house, Darrell was still gone and the police had not arrived yet. She said she pulled into the driveway and ran to her daughter, taking her to the bathroom to check her, where her 14-year-old daughter broke down in tears. Alexis said she told her daughter that they would fight and get through this.
“We came out the bathroom and I asked her for the clothes that she had on, Alexis said. “She told me that she put them on the floor and I told her and her brothers to stay in the room and if they heard anything, not to come out.”
Alexis, angry and upset that a man she trusted would rape her daughter. She said she couldn’t console herself and didn’t know what to do or what she would do. As she prepared to close the door, her daughter grabbed her and said, “Mama, no.”
“As I was walking out, my daughter grabbed me by the arm and kept saying ‘Mommy no, mommy no’ because I was about to go ham,” Alexis said.
The little girl who had just experienced a traumatic incident calmed her understandably upset mom down. It was the tears in her baby’s eyes that Alexis told herself to calm down. Once the police finally arrived, Alexis said they took the clothes her daughter was wearing, as well as the bedsheets, but at that time they did not arrest the 51-year-old alleged predator.
“Why y’all didn’t lock him up?” Alexis asked the officers. “How is he still out after what he did to my daughter?”
The days ahead were tough for Alexis and her 14-year-old daughter. That night, Alexis mentioned that she and her kids stayed at a hotel. Even though she has legally established residency at Darrell’s home, she and her kids felt the need to get away from there. She was shocked to know that Darrell, who allegedly raped her daughter, was still at large.
“I went live on Facebook and went off about how they got this man out walking free after what he did to my daughter,” Alexis said. “I was freaking out and everybody was telling me to calm down but I was thinking about killing this man.”
On February 27, 2023, Alexis receives a phone call from investigators informing her that they have taken 51-year-old Darrell Lawrence Bailey into custody for rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, statutory rape, and aggravated child molestation.
Alexis said she ended the live stream, and three minutes after leaving the hotel where she and her kids were staying, she received a phone call from the detective informing her that Darrell had been arrested.
“He called me and was like ‘we just locked him up’ and I was relieved,” Alexis said. “He told me that since they locked him up that I could go back to the house but it was up to me if I wanted to or not.”
When Alexis returned home, she noticed that her fingerprint was no longer granting her access. She said that Darrell had deleted it. Along with her daughter, Darrell, and herself, they were the only people who had a fingerprint to enter the home.
“We was the only three with a fingerprint to the house,” Alexis said. “When I get there, we was unable to get into the house because he took our fingerprint out the system.”
Alexis stated that the Atlanta rapper Dess Dior offered a insincere apology to her daughter and then attempted to evict them from Darrell’s home the following day.
On the day Darrell was taken into custody for the alleged rape of Alexis’ 14-year-old daughter, Alexis said that Destiny Bailey, professionally known as Dess Dior, came to the house and acted like she cared for her daughter. Reportedly, she told the Alexis’ daughter, “I’m sorry what happened to you.” The next day, Alexis said that Dess Dior and her brother returned to the home, attempting to evict them and calling the police.
“When the police got there, they told me that we didn’t have to leave because we lived there,” Alexis said.
Below is a photo we obtained of Dess Dior speaking to Henry County Sheriff Deputies after her unsuccessful attempt to evict Alexis and her 14-year-old daughter from her father’s home – a move the struggling rapper knew she couldn’t make.
Dess Dior praises her father, Darrell Lawrence Bailey, in an interview.
The father whom Dess Dior has been parading around with in Atlanta, while her dad was out of jail way back then, and on social media is not the same kind of father when the curtains are closed and the cameras are off. The lies about her father and the man she thought he was did not age well. Hopefully, he can still be the good man she believes he is – in jail with his fellow inmates.
It appears that Dess Dior and her team have been working diligently to keep her father’s predatory charges, which are scheduled to be heard by a jury in a couple of weeks, out of the public eye. We searched the Henry County Sheriff’s Office online website and could not locate Darrell Bailey as an inmate currently in their custody, despite other inmates showing up – with the similar charges.
We also searched Google and found no information about Darrell Lawrence Bailey’s arrest. One might expect that a man who raped a 14-year-old child would be widely publicized online, but it appears that Darrell is exerting influence somewhere.
Watch Dess Dior praise her father, who is accused of raping a 14-year-old child, in an interview:
“All I want is justICE for my baby,” Alexis said.
Darrell is set to go to trial on January 22, 2024, according to Alexis.
The North Carolina Beat reached out to Darrell Bailey’s camp but received no response before publishing this story.
The North Carolina Beat will speak live on-camera with the victim’s mother, Sunday at 9PM EST/ 8PM CST on Youtube