*Breaking news, Popular Congo musician koffi olomide sentenced to 18 months prison after the recent incidence*
For the kidnapping of his former dancers, Congolese musician Koffi Olomide was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The sentence, however, was commuted to three years of probation.
The decision was delivered on December 13 by the French Versailles Court.
However, the Congolese singer was cleared of sexual assault charges against the same dancers, who were previously members of his Quartier Latin band.
Four former dancers have accused the rumba superstar of sexual assault and kidnapping in his Asnières home between 2002 and 2006.
The acquittal on the sexual assault charges was “granted on the basis of the benefit of the doubt,” according to the president of the 7th Correctional Chamber of the Versailles Court of Appeal, who referred to the complainants’ “changing, often contradicting claims.”
The artist recently made headlines by visiting battle zones in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo while dressed in military garb.
On his way back from his first trial in Paris in early November, Olomide sought refuge at the big Kimbanguiste church in Nkamba, in the western region of Kongo-Central, where he confessed to the church’s spiritual head that he was “overwhelmed by troubles.”