Actor and movie producer, Ibrahim Yekini, aka Itele D Icon, has said that the rape allegations levelled against him by some ladies are all false.
A blog had posted screenshots of WhatsApp chats with different girls who accused Itele of raping them at different times.
However, in an interview with Sunday Scoop, Itele described his accusers as being faceless. He said:
“Every news going round about me is totally fake. Did you see anybody come out? That’s news without evidence; it’s just some people trying to blackmail me.”
When reminded that the report claimed there were different girls and different incidents, the filmmaker said, “Who are the ladies? Did you see them physically? Anybody could open a page and stalk anyone. There is nothing I can do about that. If you have read about me, you wouldn’t see anything about rape. All you need to know is that the story is fake and I’m not (even) interested in (talking about) it.”
Yekini also hinted that he could have taken legal action against the ladies but their Instagram pages, through which they made the allegations, had been deactivated. He added:
“I can take up the case but one needs to see who one is fighting with. Even the so-called blogger that published the news; nobody knows who it is.
Why should you be blogging and people don’t know you? If anyone comes out with proof, then I can engage the person.
I don’t know the ladies who made the rape claims at all. Their Instagram pages are fake; they do not exist anymore.”
Speaking on how he has been faring with the temporary ban on movie shoots in the industry, he said:
“It has not been easy at all but we have no choice than to stay strong. It is really affecting us but we believe that everything will come to an end soon.”
The actor maintained that he agreed with the decision of the national president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Bolaji Amusan (Mr Latin) to place a ban on movie shoots.
“I totally agree (with the ban) because our job requires that we go to people’s houses, offices, hotels and other places to film. So, there is risk of spread if anyone is infected (with the virus). And if the situation gets worse, we wouldn’t be able to cope. I totally agree with the TAMPAN president on this,” he said.
Itele, who noted that fatherhood had made him more mature, maintained that his wife doesn’t bat an eyelid when she reads negative stories, such as the rape allegations, about him. He said:
“My wife is an understanding person. She knows me very well and knows what I can do. When she saw the news (rape claims), she just laughed.
She said I’m too soft to rape anyone. She doesn’t have any problem with me.”