It’s not that unusual for musicians to part company on acrimonious terms. But when Kimberly Thompson, Beyoncé’s drummer of several years, filed for a restraining order against the superstar, the reasons cited were anything but normal. In fact, you could even call them supernatural.
For those who don’t know, Beyoncé Knowles was born on September 4, 1981, and grew up in Houston, Texas. She began performing as a child, and in 1990 she and her childhood friend Kelly Rowland became part of the female music group Girl’s Tyme alongside LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. The four girls then landed a record deal as Destiny’s Child in 1997.
Roberson and Luckett left the band three years later, and Michelle Williams joined the group in their place. Destiny’s Child then went on to sell more than 60 million records around the world. And after parting ways with the group in 2006, Beyoncé focused on her work as a solo artist.
The 37-year-old has since become one of the most successful female singers of all time. Beyoncé is even the most nominated woman in the history of the Grammys and has scooped no fewer than 22 of the awards. She has also won more MTV Video Music Awards than anyone else, with 24 to her name.
And during her career as a solo artist, Beyoncé has often performed with an all-female band. So it was through this that she began working with Kimberly Thompson. Thompson, who is also 37, is a drummer, and she performed with Beyoncé for seven years.
Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She then studied jazz composition at the Manhattan School of Music and started the label KT Music Productions, through which she now releases her own records. Thompson also teaches music.
As well as performing with Beyoncé, Thompson was once part of The 8G Band. This group serves as the house band on the show Late Night With Seth Meyers. And in 2017 she performed in a Seattle stage adaptation of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.
Yet although Thompson spent years working with Beyoncé, over time her relationship with the singer seemingly deteriorated. In September 2018, in fact, Thompson filed for a restraining order against the star. She later opened up about her reason for making the request – and her bizarre claims have left people stunned.
You see, Thompson alleges that Beyoncé has been intent on ruining her life. “She’s not been able to let me progress into a mature woman and work with other people,” Thompson told the Daily Mail in September 2018. “She’s just been… basically doing anything and everything to damage any type of happiness that I could have.”
The drummer also claimed that she wants a completely clean break from Beyoncé and had attempted to obtain the restraining order to keep her away. “I’ve just been bullied this entire time,” she alleged. “This has been a complete nightmare. I’ve been absolutely, brutally abused by her trying to control everything I’m doing.”
Thompson even went so far as to accuse the pop star of utilizing witchcraft against her. In fact, she alleged that she was “manipulated sexually” by Beyoncé, claiming that the singer would watch her during her most intimate moments with people by “jumping into other bodies” to do so. Thompson also alleged that Beyoncé cast a spell on her kitten that caused the feline to start “doing weird magical stuff” and assaulting her owner.
The drummer told the Daily Mail, “I was getting abused. Every time I came home from work to rest, I was just being abused to the point where I’m still healing from a scratch on my rib cage. It drew blood… It was so manic and gnarly that I ended up calling two psychics.”
Thompson then claimed that the psychics informed her that Beyoncé had cast a spell on the kitten. She said, “They were like, ‘The cat has a spell on it.’ I said, ‘What about [Beyoncé]?’ And they were like, ‘Yes, [Beyoncé] put a spell on the cat, and you need to get rid of it right away.’” She added that she further believes the star later had the pet killed.
The drummer also declared that Beyoncé controlled her in a way that stopped her from moving cities and that the star has prevented her from getting work out of “jealousy.” She told the Daily Mail, “Other people I’ve worked with have been paid to fire me. I found this out and then it just kept happening. It was a pattern.”
Thompson stated that the alleged abuse began back in 2006 and has steadily increased. “For a very long time, I put this person on a pedestal, I loved them… and the entire time, this person was casting spells and manipulating and controlling my job situation, my relationships, just all kind of things,” she said.
When this story surfaced, of course, fans of Beyoncé were quick to make light of the allegations and suggested that claims she was using dark magic were ridiculous. “Use that witchcraft on me @beyonce I’m begging,” one person wrote on Twitter. And another joked, “I mean if that’s what it takes to have her money? Sign me up. Beyoncé, I’m ready.”
Beyoncé herself, however, has not commented on the accusations against her. But unluckily for Thompson, a judge did not take her side. In September a temporary restraining order was denied pending a hearing because the judge found that “evidence in support of [the] allegations is insufficient.”
A hearing subsequently took place in October 2018. But according to reports, Thompson failed to appear in the courtroom for the proceedings. The judge therefore decided to deny a restraining order against Beyoncé.
Meanwhile, life for the pop megastar appears to remain sweet. She of course married rapper Jay-Z over ten years ago, and they share six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and one-year-old twins, Sir and Rumi. The couple recently finished their On The Run II world tour after four months on the road too. They also surprised fans in June 2018 with the release of Everything Is Love, an acclaimed joint album.
Thompson is continuing to work on her music as well, but she did admit that she wishes she had never joined Beyoncé’s band. “I always said when I was a kid, I never would want to regret anything, but this I regret,” she told the Daily Mail. “I regret that we ever worked together because it has turned my life completely upside down.”