Congolese Musician Koffi Olomide Arrested Over Bandmate's Assault

Koffi Olomide

Koffi Olomide listens to the verdict on August 16, 2012 at the court in Kinshasa. Olmide got a three-month suspended sentence in a trial on charges of 'hitting and injuring' a Congolese producer.

Kenyan police are holding Congolese musician Koffi Olomide after he allegedly assaulted a female member of his band at the airport in the capital.

Local television station showed Olomide's arrest late Friday as he left a television station where he was being interviewed.

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In the interview with Citizen TV, Olomide denied assaulting anyone and said he respects women.

Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet said he ordered the arrest of Olomide after he was filmed assaulting a woman at Nairobi'a Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Kenyans who saw footage of the incident on social media called for the arrest of Olomide, a popular musician in his native Congo who is in Kenya for a performance this weekend.


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