Koffi Olomide sentenced for rape of 15-year-old dancer

Police escort musician Koffi Olomide to a car after he was arrested at his home in Kinshasa, July 2016. Courtesy.

Congolese singer Koffi Olomide, real name Antoine Agbepa Mumba, has been found guilty of the statutory rape of one of his dancers.

A French court handed the crooner a two-year suspended jail sentence on March 18 for sexually assaulting the dancer when aged 15.

The ruling was made in absentia as the controversial singer failed to attend the court session.

The 62-year-old was ordered to pay the former dancer Sh570,000 in damages.

According to BBC, Olomide was also ordered to pay fine of the same amount for assisting three women enter France illegally.

In 2012, Olomide was first charged with aggravated rape after four dancers accused him of sexually assaulting them several times between 2005 and 2006.

According to the allegations, the assaults occurred both in DRC and France including a villa outside Paris. The women further claimed that they were held at the villa against their will.

Initially, prosecutors were seeking a seven-year sentence but the charges were reduced after the court dismissed the assault and kidnapping charges.