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Grime artist Solo 45 convicted of rape and false imprisonment

The former Boy Better Know rapper was found guilty of 21 different counts.

March 12, 2020
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Andy Anokye, the grime artist known as Solo 45, was convicted at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday of raping four women and holding them against their will, The Independent reports.

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Anokye was unanimously convicted of 21 acts of rape, five false imprisonment offenses, two assault by penetration charges, and two acts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. A sentence has not yet been handed down by Judge William Hart.

Bristol Police arrested Anokye in October 2017 after an investigation was prompted by a woman who claimed Anokye raped her at his apartment. Police recovered incriminating footage from Anokye's mobile devices and computers, and contacted more women who alleged to have suffered sexual and physical abuse from Anokye.

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Speaking to the press, the Crown Prosecution Service's Jill MacNamara called Anokye "a violent, controlling narcissist and bully who took pleasure in inflicting pain and suffering upon his victims." Anokye claimed the sexual abuse was "consensual role-play," MacNamara said, though prosecutors were able to prove that "none of these women had consented to the sexual activity or the violence and threats made against them. The fear he elicited must have made it obvious they did not consent."

Grime artist Solo 45 convicted of rape and false imprisonment