Koffi Olomide's Concert In South Africa Is Cancelled After Public Outcry
Koffi Olomide's South Africa concert is cancelled, after a petition circulated demanding that the "Selfie" singer be stopped from performing in the country.
He was scheduled to perform at the Shimmy Beach Club on June 30. In March, the popular Congolese musician was given a two-year suspended prison sentence for the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15.
Olomide went on trial after four former dancers claimed he sexually assaulted them several times between 2002 and 2006. The assaults allegedly happened in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in France, including at a villa outside Paris where the women said they were held against their will.
The dancers and have not returned to their country since for fear of reprisals.
Olomide, 62, was also ordered to pay 5,000 euros ($ 7,475 ) in damages to the former dancer, as well as a 5,000-euro fine for helping three of the women enter France illegally.