62 year old popular Congolese Soukus singer, Koffi Olomide, has received a 2-year suspended sentence, for raping a 15-year old dancer. He was also asked to pay $5,700 in damages to the dancer. (A suspended sentence is a legal term for a judge’s delaying of a defendant’s serving of a sentence after they have been found guilty, in order to allow the defendant to perform a period of probation).
He was sentenced in absentia, as he didn’t show up in court.
The court also ordered him to pay $5,700 to the court, for bringing 3 women to France illegally, in another connected case.
Between 2002 and 2006, Koffi Olomide also had similar run-ins with the law, as a woman accused him of seizing her passport and raping her severally.
Within this time (2002-2006) also, four of his former dancers claimed that he sexually assaulted them severally, in different locations in the DRC, in France, as well as at a villa outside Paris, where he held them against their will. They were able to make a night-time escape from the villa, in 2006, and have not been able to return to their country since then, for fear of kidnap and further assault.
Koffi Olomide, in 2009, escaped from France to the DRC, in order to evade French arrest and prosecution there.