Moroccan popstar Saad Lamjarred will stay in provisional detention while awaiting a rape trial after a Paris appeals court denied bail.
Rabat – Jean Marc Fedida, Lamjarred’s lawyer, had requested the singer be released on bail.
The Moroccan singer is facing two pending cases of rape from two women in France. The most recent allegation came in August when French police put Lamjarred under formal investigation for the alleged rape of a woman in a hotel in Saint-Tropez in southeast France.
Following the Saint-Tropez incident, Lamjarred paid €150,000 bail and left jail on probation. On September 18, Lamjarred went back to jail following the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal’s decision after the prosecutor’s office in Draguignan appealed Lamjarred’s release.
The 33-year-old singer has faced three previous rape accusations. In 2010, he was accused of rape in New York. US prosecutors later dropped the case when the complainant withdrew.
French police arrested Lamjarred in October 2016, and a Paris court charged him for “aggravated rape” in case brought by Laura Prioul. The case is still pending trial. Lamjarred spent six months in detention in Paris until April 2017.
A French-Moroccan woman also accused Lamjarred in November 2016 of assaulting her in the spring of 2015, according to Huffpost Maghreb She later withdrew the complaint, “following pressure from her family.”
Saad Lamjarred is one of the most popular artists in Morocco and the Arab world. His hit song “Lmaallem” (the boss), as of February 2018, was the most-viewed song by an Arab artist on YouTube. The music video has been seen more than 684 million times.