Congolese music star Koffi Olomidé found guilty of statutory rape for raping one of his dancers when she was 15 years old.
He was handed a two years suspended jail sentence by a court in Nanterre, outside Paris, France. He was sentenced in absentia as he was a no show, BBC reports.
The 62 year-old international music composer, producer and singer now faces an arrest if he commits further offences.
He was ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 Euros in damages to the former dancer and the same amount for illegally bringing three women into France.
Olomidé was first charged in 2012 with aggravated rape, after he was accused of seizing a young lady’s passport and raping her between 2002 and 2006, but the charges were reduced.
Four of his former dancers accused him of sexual assault on multiple occasions between 2002 and 2006 in DR Congo and France.
They also said that Olomidé held them captive in a villa outside Paris but they escaped one night in June 2006.
His lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny hailed the ruling as a victory because it means the withdrawal of Olomidé’s international arrest warrant.
The Congolese singer, whose real name is, Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, has been in trouble with the law several times before:
- In 2018 Zambia ordered his arrest after he allegedly assaulted a photographer
- In 2016 he was arrested and deported after he assaulted one of his dancers in Kenya.
- In 2012 he was convicted in DR Congo of assaulting his producer and received a three-month suspended prison sentence.
- In 2008 he was accused of kicking a cameraman from DR Congo’s private RTGA television station and breaking his camera at a concert, but the two later were later reconciled.