On Monday 18th, Congolese singer Kofi Olomide, was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence by a French court for raping one of his former dancers when she was just 15.
His trial began after four former dancers made claims that Olomide had on several occasions, between 2002 and 2006 sexually assaulted them. The assaults allegedly took place in Congo and also in Paris, France.
The prosecutors had sought a seven-year sentence. However, some charges were dropped; that is, assault and kidnapping charges, reducing the sentence to two years.
In addition to the sentence, Olomide was also ordered to pay a 5000-euro fine for the damage caused his former dancer, and another 5000-euro fine for helping three of the women enter France illegally.
This is not the first time Olomide has been found on the wrong side of the law. In 2016, he was jailed briefly for kicking a dancer. In 2012, he was given a three-month suspended sentence for striking his producer. In 2006, Olomide was found guilty of tax fraud by a French court.