Boy Better Know rapper Solo 45 denies 22 counts of rape as prospective jurors warned of “graphic” videos

 

By Ben Gelblum and Sarah Ward

A rapper who collaborated with grime pioneers Skepta and JME appeared before a judge to deny 22 charges of rape as well as false imprisonment and assault.

Andy Anokye, also known as Solo 45 and a member of rap collective Boy Better Know, denied a total of 31 charges when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court.

Judge William Hart told 16 prospective jurors that Anokye, 31, was a musician and member of the grime group.

He warned them that they would see “graphic” video footage of sexual activity between the defendant and multiple complainants.

The rapper, of Millennium Promenade, Bristol, denies 22 counts of rape, five counts of false imprisonment and four of assault.

Anokye is defended by Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, while Christopher Quinlan QC is the prosecutor.

The case involves four complainants, and Anokye will claim that the sex acts were consensual.

The trial will open on Friday and is scheduled to last between five and six weeks.

 

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