Fugees Video Director Accused of Impregnating Daughters
*A man who once won an MTV award for directing the “Killing Me Softly” video for The Fugees was hit with 27 charges stemming from the repeated rape of his daughters.
Aswad Ayinde, 51, was unmasked Thursday as a brutal serial breeder who impregnated his daughters numerous times to create a “pure” bloodline, reports the New York Daily News. According to New Jersey prosecutors, he’s fathered six kids with his daughters from the mid-1980s to 2002 – and delivered the babies himself.
The Paterson, N.J. resident also had nine kids with his ex-wife, Beverly, and at least three more with two other women in Brooklyn, court records show.
“He said the world was going to end, and it was just going to be him and his offspring and that he was chosen,” Beverly Ayinde testified at a pre-trial hearing.
Also known as Charles McGill, Ayinde faces the first of five trials next month – one for each daughter he allegedly violated, said Lisa Squitieri, the Passaic County prosecutor handling the case.
Ayinde, held on $1 million bond, faces 27 charges including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, lewdness, child endangerment, aggravated criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual contact.
His arrest prompted a probe by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services to determine how the suspect allegedly turned his daughters into sex slaves without their knowing. Some of the crimes allegedly occurred while the family was under scrutiny by the agency – and after the dad admitted to a 2000 attempt to snatch his children from a hospital while the state had temporary custody.
Prosecutors said Ayinde kept the kids from reporting him by beating them with wooden boards or kicking them with steel-toed boots.
“I was afraid to ever accuse him of being demented or being a pedophile,” Beverly Ayinde, who married him in 1977, told the court. “I knew the word, but I wouldn’t dare use it because it would result in a beating.”
Ayinde also made a point of moving his family from town to town, even squatting in an abandoned funeral home in East Orange, N.J., investigators said. Later, he moved to Brooklyn and began passing himself off as an artist, brazenly boasting his now-grown daughters were his wives, according to his ex-girlfriend Subhana Rahim, 40, who lived with the rape suspect from 2001 to 2004 and bore him two children.
“He was this successful artist who had worked with The Fugees,” Rahim told The Daily News. “I was shocked when he told me they were his daughters and that he’d been sleeping with them.”
In court papers, Rahim said she was eight months pregnant and living with Ayinde in 2002 when she discovered his horrible secret.
“I didn’t try to understand something so ridiculous,” said Rahim, a former lawyer at a top Manhattan law firm.