Five times Koffi Olomide had a run in with his staff
Kenyans on Friday were treated to drama at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when a video that has gone viral showed an agitated Congolese musician Koffi Olomide kicked and slapped one of his dancers in full glare of the Kenyan police , media and members of his entourage.
However, this is not the first time the Lingala king has been arrested or accused of assaulting his staff.
In fact, the Selfie hit maker’s career has been controversy-ridden with raunchy performances in some of his songs being banned in some countries.
Here are five times the musician has been accused of assaulting his staff members.
1. When he was accused of assaulting his producer
In August 2012, he was given a three-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting his producer. The rumba star, was arrested after fracas at a hotel in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to reports, the two were fighting over a debt of Sh335,000 (3,000 Euros).
2. When he was accused of raping three dancers
In February 2012, a French judge charged the Congolese music star with three counts of rape and illegal confinement after complaints from three of his former backup dancers. He denied charges of raping three of his dancers; one was a minor.
3. Even journalists are not safe
In 2013, Mr Olomide was arrested by Zambian police on suspicion of assault. He was accused of assaulting a freelance journalist at the upmarket Taj Pamodzi Hotel during one of his shows.
The musician kicked him in the face as he tried to take a picture of him after a show.
4. The 2013 slap
On the same night, Koffi was accused by one of his dancers of slapping her after the show. Witnesses said that he walked to backstage and beat up one of his sensational female dancers.
One of the witnesses said, he slapped her just after he had kicked the photographer in the face. He hit his dancing queen for unknown reasons, the witness said, adding that added that the slap sent the lady to the ground and when she got up, she looked disoriented.
5. The 2016 slap
On Friday July 22, 2016, in a video that has gone viral, an agitated Koffi unleashed a kick on one of his dancers upon his arrival in Kenya for a much-awaited show.
After kicking her on her behind, police officers who were at the scene rushed to calm him down, before his handlers escorted him to his car, which immediately sped off.
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