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Koffi Olomidé cleared of rape but convicted of holding dancers

Koffi Olomidé cleared of rape but convicted of holding dancers

An appeals court in France ruled that Congolese singer Koffi Olomide was not guilty of raping four of his dancers, but convicted him of holding them against their will.

The same court ruled in 2019 that the African star was guilty of statutory rape of one of the dancers as she was just 15 years old but overturned the ruling in Olomide’s most recent court appearance.

But he was convicted of depriving the women of their liberty at a villa in Paris between 2002 and 2006.He is to serve an 18-month suspended sentence and pay them compensation.

The public prosecutor for the case called for Olomide to serve a minimum of eight years in jail with his accusers severely disappointed in the verdict.

“The dancers were obviously disappointed about the sexual assault verdicts because this was the most important thing for them,” said their lawyer, David Desgranges.

One of them had alleged he had assaulted them “in hotels, sometimes in the cars… in recording studios”.

The court in Versailles did not find Olomidé guilty of sexual assault, with the judge overturning the rape charge over “changing and sometimes contradictory” evidence from his accusers. However, the court found his actions saw the women “deprived of all liberties and constantly watched” by two of his accomplices who shut them in a room with the blinds drawn.

In addition to the suspended sentence he was ordered to pay a fine of 10,000-32,000 euros ($11,000-36,000) to each dancer.

Olomidé, whose real name is Antoine Agbepa Mumba, is one of Africa’s most popular singers.

The singer has been in trouble with the law several times before:

  • In 2018 Zambia ordered his arrest after he allegedly assaulted a photographer
  • In 2016 he was arrested and deported after he assaulted one of his dancers in Kenya
  • In 2012 he was convicted in DR Congo of assaulting his producer and received a three-month suspended prison sentence
  • In 2008 he was accused of kicking a cameraman from DR Congo’s private RTGA television station and breaking his camera at a concert, but the two later were later reconciled

Author: Ibukun Babatunde

Port Harcourt, Nigeria