Fugees’ ‘Killing Me Softly’ Music Video Director On Trial For Raping And Impregnating His Daughters
A man who goes by the name of Aswad Ayinde (birth name: Charles McGill) is currently facing his second of five jury trials, three of which he is accused of raping and impregnating three of his five daughters while they were minors, reports NorthJersey.com.
In his current proceeding, Ayinde is facing two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault. This past Tuesday, his ex-wife Beverly Ayinde, whom he was married to for seventeen years, took the stand. In her testimony, she recounted the chilling details of the detestable horrors that went on in her home at the hands of Aswad. Beverly revealed that she simply could not believe that her 12-year-old daughter was really pregnant until her husband dropped the shocking bomb that he could be the father of their daughter’s unborn child.
“He said, ‘She could be pregnant from me.’ My heart started racing,” Beverly testified.
She went on to express that between 1980 and 2006, Aswad sought to control every single aspect of her life and the lives of their children.
“He equaled himself to being a prophet. 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,” Beverly told the courts.
Aswad is accused of deliberately impregnating his daughters in an attempt to create a “pure bloodline.” Beverly expressed to the courts that she blamed herself for not seeing this coming, as she revealed that four years prior to the pregnancy of her daughter, he told her that spirits were telling him to perform oral sex on the child, who was 8 at the time.
“I was shocked. I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He tried to present it in this very godly, spiritual way,” she testified.
Her testimony also revealed that Aswad frequently walked around their home in the nude and sodomized one of their daughters at least 100 times. When asked why she never called police, Beverly said that he threatened to kill her children.
“He threatened he would kill my children. He would cut them up and put them in different places and I wouldn’t be able to prove anything because I didn’t have a birth certificate for any of them,” she tearfully admitted just after revealing that some of her children didn’t have birth certificates because Aswad delivered all but two of them himself in their home.
As stated earlier, this is the second of five jury trials that Aswad will have to face. Back in 2010 he was found guilty of molesting one of his other daughters. The molestation is said to have began when she was 8 years old and continued up until he impregnated her as a teenager. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. With all five trials combined, Aswad is being accused of raping all five of his daughters and impregnating three. If convicted on all counts in the present and pending trials, Aswad faces more than 100 years in prison. He is being tried for the rape of each daughter separately to prevent bias among jurors.
Aswad is known to the world as the man who directed the music video to accompany infamous Fugees track, “Killing Me Softly,” which went on to win Best R&B Video at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.