Fugees video director sentenced to 50 years for sexual assault

fugees-directorVideo director of the Fugees 1996 hit “Killing Me Softly,” Aswad Ayinde was sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexual assault on Friday, July 26.

Adding to a 40-year sentence the MTV Award-winner received more than a year ago, resulting from charges surrounding the sexual abuse of his daughters, the 55-year old has been under investigation for raping his daughters and forcing them to have his children.

Between the 1980s and 2000s, Ayinde fathered six children with his daughters and performed the deliveries himself, burying the children that didn’t survive, per New York Daily News.

Ayinde’s 50-year prison term stems from his conviction of raping his now 35-year-old daughter from the time she was eight years-old. Ayinde is the father of nine with his ex-wife Beverly and two other women in New York, per court records.

In a pre-trial hearing in 2010 his ex-wife Beverly testified, “He said the world was going to end and it was just going to be him and his offspring that was chosen.” He reportedly wanted a “pure bloodline” and molested five of his daughters, having six children with them.

Because some of Ayinde’s crimes were reportedly committed while the family was under investigation by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, the agency faced scrutiny. Some of Ayinde’s crimes took place after he admitted trying to take his children from a hospital where they being held when the state had temporary custody of them in the early 2000s.

Ayinde’s ex-wife Beverly says she was afraid of speaking to the authorities. “I was afraid to ever accuse him of being demented or or being a pedophile,” she told a court in 2010. “I knew the word, but I wouldn’t dare use it because it would result in a beating.” Ayinde also physically abused his children by using using wooden boards and steel-toed shoes, according to NY Daily News.

At one point, Ayinde moved his family to an abandoned funeral home in New Jersey so that he would avoid being investigated. After moving to Brooklyn, Ayinde met and lived with Subharna Rahim, an attorney, from 2001 to 2004. Rahim told the New York Daily News that when she became pregnant with Ayinde’s child, that’s when she realized he had been abusing his other children. “I was shocked when he told me they were his daughters and that he’d been sleeping with them…I didn’t try to understand something so ridiculous.”

On Friday July 26 as the trial ended, Superior Court Judge Raymond Reddin told Ayinded, “By 13, most fathers are taking their daughters to the park…teaching them to ride a bike. You took her in the bedroom and repeatedly raped her to complete your disgusting, revolting fantasies.”

In 2006, Ayinde’s daughters contacted authorities after finding out that he fathered children with other women.

One of his daughters told NorthJersey.com, “We found out we had other siblings, young siblings, and we had to put him to a stop. Even though we were healing, they could still fall victim.”

Ayinde has four children with one of his daughters, with two of the children suffering from genetic illnesses, which doctors believe are related to incest. Another child died at nine years-old in 2010 of spinal muscular atrophy.

Ayinde faces three more trials surrounding the sexual abuse of his daughters, which could result in more prison time.

Sources: NY Daily News, HipHopDX, NorthJersey.com