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Koffi Olomidé cleared of rape, jailed 18 months for kidnapping


Well-known Congolese Soukus singer, Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, aka Koffi Olomidé, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for kidnapping his former dancers.

The Court docket of Versailles in France sentenced the 65-year-old Congolese star on Monday, December 13, after discovering him responsible of detaining his former dancers in opposition to their will.

The decision of the courtroom of Versailles on his 18-month sentence got here after he left France.

The singer denied the allegations of his former dancers.

He stated that “the dream of the younger girls who accuse me was to reside in France and get papers from associations.”

He added that “girls are very effectively protected, we additionally have to hearken to our viewpoint.”

Nevertheless, Olomidé was acquitted of sexual assault costs he was beforehand charged with the identical dancers who’re the previous members of his Latin Quarter band.

The alleged assault of the dancers is claimed to have taken place between 2002 and 2006 within the singer’s villa in Asnières, a metropolis within the Paris area.

The acquittal of the assaults was “given for the advantage of the doubt,” stated the president of the seventh Correctional Chamber of the Court docket of Enchantment of Versailles, referring specifically to the complainants’ “evolving, typically contradictory statements” .

The singer’s legal report is lengthy and features a 2019 conviction in France for raping a minor underneath 15 and confiscating 4 of his dancers.

At first occasion, the Nanterre courtroom had given him a two-year suspended jail sentence as a substitute of the seven-year jail sentence requested by the prosecution.

The star had appealed the decision.

He was expelled from Kenya in 2016 after a public assault on one among his dancers.

The singer later apologized, acknowledging “a small second of distraction”.

In 2018, Zambia issued a warrant for his arrest for assaulting a photographer – one of many incidents which have left a very grueling previous for the boss of the Latin Quarter band.

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