Musician Kofi Olomide guilty of raping teenager

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Congolese singer Koffi Olomide (62), was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence by a French Court for raping 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 said they managed to make a night-time escape from the villa in June 2006 and have not returned to their country since for fear of reprisals.

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Prosecutors at his trial in Nanterre, outside Paris, had sought a seven-year prison sentence but the court dismissed the assault and kidnapping charges.

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