Tariq Underwood is the boyfriend of Deirdre Ramsey, a resident of Los Angeles. In 2011, he and Ramsey perpetrated a combination robbery and scam on a convenience store. Underwood and a co-conspirator robbed the store while Ramsey posed as a customer. Underwood then "raped" Ramsey in front of the other customers and employees. Ramsey sued the store and received a settlement of $250,000. Later it came to light that the robbery was carried out by Underwood, and the alleged rape was staged.