Koffi Olomide risks 7-year jail term in France

By: nairobinews.nation.co.ke/
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Congolese musician, Koffi Olomide
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French prosecutors are seeking a seven-year prison sentence against Congolese musician Koffi Olomide over charges of sexual assault.

The 62-year-old musician is standing trial for allegedly sexually assaulting four former dancers who say they were held against their will at a villa outside Paris.

The acts – including those of violence, coercion and kidnapping – were allegedly committed in the French capital between 2002 and 2006.

Olomide, also appeared before the court of Nanterre, near Paris, for facilitating the entry and illegal stay in France of the plaintiffs.

The musician has denied all charges levelled against him.

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The case is the latest tribulations that the Loa hit maker has suffered in recent times.

Olomide has a history of assaulting people. In 2008 he was accused of kicking a cameraman at a concert in Kinshasa; the matter was resolved out of court. In 2012 he was convicted of assaulting his producer, and received a three-month suspended sentence.

In July 2016 while on a concert trip to Kenya, Olomide was filmed kicking one of his female dancers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The video went viral, his planned concert at The Bomas of Kenya was cancelled, and he was deported.

Five days later he was arrested at his home in Kinshasa, and the same day sentenced to 18 months in prison, which, after the intervention of the Congolese head of state, was commuted to three months.

He is currently out on bail.

He is also the subject of a judicial process in the Zambia, where he was previously barred from entering.

Koffi Olomide real name Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, was born on 13 July 1956 in Kisangani,DRC. His mother named him Koffi because he was born on a Friday. He grew up in a middle-class family, without any musical background.

During his youth, Olomide improvised by singing popular songs with his own lyrics and altered rhythms until a neighbor taught him how to play the guitar.

The Congolese Soukus singer, dancer, producer, and composer. He has had several gold records in his career. He is the founder of the Quartier Latin International orchestra with many notable artists, including Fally Ipupa and Ferré Gola.