Singer Koffi Olomide Charged With Rape

Popular Congolese musician Koffi Olomide was on Monday handed a two-year suspended prison sentence for raping his 15 old dancer.

It is believed that Olomide raped one of his former dancers when she was at the age of 15 way back in 2002.

Olomide went on trial after four former dancers claimed he sexually assaulted them several times between 2002 and 2006. The assaults allegedly happened in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in France, including at a villa outside Paris where the women said they were held against their will.

The dancers said they managed to make a night-time escape from the villa in June 2006, and have not returned to their country since for fear of reprisals.

Olomide, 62, was also ordered to pay 5,000 Euros ($5,700) in damages to the former dancer, as well as a 5,000-Euro fine for helping three of the women enter France illegally.

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The singer has a history of violence and crime. He was briefly jailed in DR Congo in 2016 for kicking one of his dancers, and had already been given a suspended three-month prison sentence in 2012 for striking his producer.

Currently, the Zambian Police is also looking Olomide for striking a Rwandan photojournalist in Lusaka in 2012.



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