Moroccan star Saad Lamjarred facing ‘sexual assault’ charges in Paris
He was placed in custody before being brought before facing the competent prosecutor
Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred is facing trial in France for sexual assault.
Lamjarred was arrested at the Marriott Champs Elysées at the 17th arrondissement of Paris on Wednesday where he will appear before a French prosecutor to face the charges.
Sources told French and Moroccan news outlets that the complainant is a French girl, 20 years.
He was placed in custody before being brought before the competent prosecutor on Friday morning. The Moroccan singer was scheduled to perform on Saturday October 29 at Paris’ Palais des Congrés.
Saad Lamjarred is currently facing trial in France for sexual assault, but this is not the first time the Moroccan singer finds himself amid sexual assault cases.
Al Arabiya English first reported on another sex assault case when Lamjarred fled the United States after reportedly posting bail for sexual assault charges on a different case.
Back in May, Lamjarred was hit with a Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit that was reopened six years after a young woman first accused him of beating and raping her after they went out on a date.
Al Arabiya English’s Simo Benbachir spoke then to co-founder of Morocco World News Adnane Bennis on Lamjarred’s assault history. (CLICK HERE)
“We are following with great interest this issue and contacts have been made between the authorities of both countries to clarify this matter, “Minister of Culture, Mohamed Amine Sbihi.
In recent years, Saad Lamjarred has become a household name both in Morocco and the whole Middle East. The Moroccan singer broke many YouTube records with his sensational songs.
In the spring of 2015 his song entitled ‘Lamaalem’ (The Boss) reached 100,000,000 views on video sharing website YouTube within three months after the video clip was released.
The song has so far reached over 400,000,000 views on YouTube which set an unprecedented record for an Arab singer and earned him a Guinness world record.
His arrest on Wednesday sparked mass reactions from Moroccan youth who took to Twitter to defend their most famous celebrity. The hashtag “We are all Saad Lamjarred” trended for most of the day on Thursday, with many fans claiming the charges were an “attack on success and popularity”.