The Fugees‘ one-time director Aswad Ayinde is reportedly going to spend the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty of unspeakable crimes including fathering children with family members.
According to reports, Ayinde received multiple sentences after appearing in court this month.
Aswad Ayinde, 55, of Paterson, NJ, was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday after being found guilty in the second of five expected trials in which he is accused of repeatedly raping his six daughters, resulting in six children being fathered. Mr. Ayinde was found guilty in his latest trial of having intercourse with a daughters when she was as young as eight-years-old. The second sentence adds to the 40 year sentence Mr Ayinde received in a 2011 trial for sexually assaulting a separate daughter. (Daily Mail UK)
The fallen director’s legal woes turned into mainstream news earlier this year.
Aswad Ayinde (pictured) , the New Jersey father who stands accused of raping and impregnating three of his five daughters when they were all minors, is currently facing his second of five jury trials. In this proceeding, the 54-year-old is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, and two counts of sexual assault. His former spouse, Beverly Ayinde, testified at Tuesday’s trial to, again, speak about the horrors that went on in their home for over 17 years. (News One)
Former spouse Beverly Ayinde claimed Aswad would compare himself to a prophet and iconic musicians.
Beverly described her ex as a kind of brutal Svengali who tried to control everyone in the household under a reign of terror. She told jurors that Ayinde “equaled himself to being a prophet.” The woman went on to describe her statement in more detail: “As time went on, he was god-like. I had to call him, ‘my god.’ He equated himself to Jesus Christ … He would sit us all down and lecture us about his greatness and his power … At another point, he equated himself to Prince and Michael Jackson.” (News One)
The director’s legal problems initially came to the light in early 2010.
This is the second of five trials. In 2010, he was convicted on all counts of molesting another daughter from about age 8 until she bore his child as a teenager. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 23 years. He faces more than 100 years if convicted of all the charges in the current and pending trials. He is being tried separately for each daughter allegedly assaulted because past convictions or pending open charges could bias jurors. While incest is not illegal in New Jersey among adults 18 or older, sex between a father and adult daughter would be illegal because the father would be in a position of trust. All of the daughters Ayinde is accused of sexually assaulting were underage when the assaults allegedly occurred. (North Jersey)
He is most known for directing the Fugee’s iconic “Killing Me Softly” music video.
Aswad Ayinde, who won an MTV award for directing The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly,” fathered six kids with his daughters from the mid-1980s to 2002 – and delivered the babies himself, New Jersey prosecutors said. (New York Daily News)