It has been a long time since Koffi Olomide left France hurriedly without having the time to pick up all his belongings. Pursued for sexual assault, the Congolese star has taken refuge in the DRC and shows in Africa, carefully avoiding to accept a contract in a European country. But, time has passed, the records are not buried, or rather, are unearthed.
Thus, the king of the Congolese rumba is summoned before the French justice. Targeted by an arrest warrant, Koffi Olomide must respond this Monday in France, sexual assaults allegedly committed in the Paris region between 2002 and 2006 on four of his dancers. Will the star of 62 years be present at the bar court of Nanterre (Paris region) as she had suggested in June 2018 at the announcement of his dismissal? His lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny, interviewed by AFP, did not confirm it. Anyway, if he puts his feet, for sure, risk being arrested and locked up in prison.
Charged in February 2012 for aggravated rapes, the Congolese singer saw the prosecution leaders found against him lightened, the investigation having failed to prove that one of the plaintiffs was a minor at the time of the facts. However, even on an adult, if she is not consenting, the rape is restrained and severely punished by French law. The Congolese star is therefore sent back for sexual violence with violence, coercion, threat or surprise by authoritative person, and for sequestrations with voluntary release before the 7e day.
He must also appear to have facilitated the entry and illegal stay in France of the plaintiffs and to have them work illegally by underpaying them, or even by depriving them of remuneration. Two henchmen, suspected of complicity, must also appear Monday. The closed session should be requested by the civil parties, it was learned from a close source of the file. The complainants accuse Mr Olomide of having imposed on them unconsented relations, in France as when they were in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or on tour elsewhere. The facts alleged by the prosecution in France took place in a pavilion of Asnières-sur-Seine, north-west of Paris, where the artist hosted her dancers in the margins of concerts or recordings. With no identity document and no telephone, they were kept there by three men 24h / 24. When their boss expressed the desire, one of the guards led them to him, the hotel or the recording studio more often, they say, referring to reports imposed without a condom and slapping when they struggled. Some attacks also took place in the pavilion itself or in the toilets of a supermarket. If they refused him, he did not make them work anymore. All her dancers suffered the same fate, according to them. The complainants, who eventually escaped from the lodge on a June 2006 night, filed a complaint in 2007, 2009 and 2013 and never returned to the DRC for fear of reprisal.
Koffi Olomide had hastily returned to his country in 2009 when he was informed that an indictment (indictment), along with a detention on remand, had been required against him. This is not the first time that the Congolese star, married and father, has trouble with the French justice. He has already been sentenced in 2006 to one year in prison suspended for tax evasion.
In his country, Koffi Olomide was briefly imprisoned in 2016, before being released on bail, for giving a violent kick to one of his dancers. In 2012, he had already been sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for violence against his producer. And he is currently under arrest from the Zambian justice for having abused a Rwandan photojournalist in Lusaka that same year. Called to appear in the Zambian capital last September, the defendant did not show up.
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