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Congolese singer Olomide charged with rape in France

Posted by Administrator on February 15, 2012

Olomide, pictured in 2005, denies the charges (AFP/File, Seyllou)

Olomide, pictured in 2005, denies the charges (AFP/File, Seyllou)

PARIS — A French judge has charged Congolese music star Koffi Olomide with three counts of rape and illegal confinement after complaints from three of his former backup dancers, his lawyer said Wednesday.

“Koffi Olomide went Monday afternoon of his own free will to answer a summons by an investigating judge in (the Parisian suburb of) Nanterre, where he was charged,” Olomide’s lawyer Manuel Aeschlimann told AFP.

The singer has since returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo, he said, without waiting for a French ruling on whether he should be held without bail.

Aeschlimann said a former dancer had filed a complaint in 2006 and that two years later two more dancers followed suit. One of the plaintiffs was a minor at the time of the alleged sexual assaults.

He said the case against Olomide was “empty and hollow. There is no material evidence and the statements of the three women who accuse him of rape contain numerous contradictions.”

Aeschlimann alleged that the women filed the complaints in the hopes of obtaining temporary French residency permits.

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hdiPmuEziqgFbrNJsQoyCKn50VoQ?docId=CNG.0c6df8157d8deebf574ce140de218d7f.a91

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