Congolese singer Koffi Olomide was re-tried for sexual harassment of four of his dancers between 2002 and 2006. He appeared before the Versailles Court of Appeal near Paris.
With our Special Correspondent at the Versailles Palace, Sylvie Coffee
Following several adjournments and the cancellation of his concert scheduled for next month, the trial of Congolese singer Kofi Olomite began this Monday, October 25, at the Versailles Court of Appeals.
Defendant appeared, insisting that the judges investigate. Instead he was asked to be comfortable, relax at the bar, and remove the mask. Very elegant, she wears brown pants with thin stripes. At the helm, the star denies his identity: ” My name is Koffi Olomide, I have no other names. I am 65 years old and I was born in Congo. “His real name is Antoine Agbepa Mumba. He did not appear at his trial on the first occasion, nor did he appear at the two preliminary meetings during the trial.
For an hour, the head of the Versailles reform room recalled in detail the facts: the biggest ones: “kidnappings”, “kidnappings”, irregular entry and stay assistance, lack of pay, rape, sexual violence … the facts are the four former dancers of Kofi Olomite.
All four complainants are silent in black attire. They face Kofi Olomide, who completely denies everything. ” I am portrayed as a monster, a devil, and it is horrible 2, he begins in court. ” I never kidnapped these women He invites these dancers. “ I tried to protect them and they betrayed my trust 2, he started.
Facing the accusers against him, Kofi Olomide passes himself off as a victim. One of them, a minor, spoke during the incident and he burst into tears.