Grime star Solo 45 'imprisoned and raped four women'
A grime artist has gone on trial accused of imprisoning and repeatedly raping four women.
Andy Anokye, who performs under the stage name Solo 45 and was a member of the collective Boy Better Know, denies 31 charges against him.
Prosecuting at Bristol Crown Court, Christopher Quinlan said the charges related to four complainants and that the musician had abused the women over a two-year period.
He also told the court that Anokye, 32, had filmed footage on his mobile phone, and described him as a “violent and controlling narcissist and a bully”.
“The prosecution say that he imprisoned, assaulted, sexually violated and raped four women,” Mr Quinlan said.
“He filmed, using his mobile phone, a great deal of what he did. You will hear from each of them during the course of this trial.
“Each suffered in similar ways at different times at the defendant’s hands.”
Anokye is accused of 22 counts of rape, five counts of false imprisonment, two charges of assault by penetration and two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Mr Quinlan said one of the women reported the abuse to friends and then to police.
Anokye was arrested and his mobile phone and laptop were seized by officers, who contacted three other women, the court was told.
“What they disclosed to police is reflected by the 31 charges,” Mr Quinlan said. “We allege that these charges reflect his conduct and his treatment of these four young women.
“He physically assaulted and falsely imprisoned them, held them against their will and he raped each of them repeatedly.
“He is a violent and controlling narcissist and a bully. He is a sadist who derives satisfaction and sexual pleasure from inflicting pain and suffering on his victims.”
Mr Quinlan said Anokye will claim that any sexual activity between him and the women was consensual.
Anokye denies all 31 charges against him and the trial continues.