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‘Violent and cruel’ grime star on trial for 22 rapes

Denies all
Solo 45 is
said to have
raped four

GRIME star Solo 45 imprisoned and repeatedly raped four woman, a jury has heard.

The rapper is ‘a violent and controlling narcissist, a bully, a sadist who derives satisfaction and sexual pleasure from inflicting pain and suffering on women’, prosecutor Christopher Quinlan QC said.

Solo 45 — real name Andy Anokye — a member of the grime collective Boy Better Know, denies 31 charges against him — including 22 counts of rape and five of false imprisonment.

Mr Quinlan said the Bristol-based star, 31, ‘violently treated, bullied and sexually abused’ the four alleged victims over a two-year-period, including pouring bleach in the mouth of one and threatening to brand her.

‘He imprisoned, physically assaulted and sexually violated and raped four women. He filmed, for posterity, a great deal of what he did,’ Mr Quinlan told Bristol crown court. The women, who are all set to give evidence, do not know each other. Anokye is accused of questioning them ‘incessantly’ about their sexual history and left one ‘petrified’ after waterboarding her, jurors were told.

On another occasion, he allegedly drove a woman to a secluded area and ordered her to remove anything that could identify her.

He is said to have told the woman he had people in that area to shoot her — causing her to have a panic attack.

Mr Quinlan claimed Anokye stabbed a woman in her leg and used a knife to strike her head repeatedly. Checks of his mobile phones and computers allegedly discovered searches for the term ‘dacryphilia’, which means sexual arousal from other’s fears.

Anokye will say sex at all times was consensual, the court was told.

The trial continues.