Ebony Life TV has just reacted to the accusation that host ‘Andre Blaze’ sexually assaulted Nigerian popular writer ‘Olutimehin Adegbeye’.
Olutimehin, whose photo can be seen below, took to social media to allege that Pretty Mike raped her in Lagos when she was only 16 years old.
Then, two years ago, Andre Blaze sexually assaulted her.
“Andre Blaze Henshaw sexually assaulted me two years ago. The BBC (unwittingly) interviewed both of us for a recent program about (toxic/evolving) masculinity and its impacts. I informed the BBC about the assault and asked them to delete/edit that program. They refused.
The BBC has assured me that they are very sorry about the distress they unwittingly caused, and also that they will not be doing anything to mitigate it. Andre Blaze Henshaw, as far as I know, continues to deny that he assaulted me despite there being witnesses of the assault.
It is hypocritical and callous to expect survivors of sexual violence to navigate their trauma AND do the work to eliminate sexual violence alone and unsupported. As long as powerful people & institutions do nothing in the face of allegations, abuse will continue with impunity.
I am disappointed but not surprised by the BBC’s actions, in much the same way that I expect to be disappointed but not surprised by the responses I will receive to my words. But I am not afraid. I am not alone. And I am certainly not powerless. #MeToo indeed.”
After the allegations came to light, Andre Blaze, took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts to deny the allegations.
“I’m issuing a brief statement in light of the allegations made against my person. The things being said about me, those that know me can attest are not the actions of the person they know as a friend, son, brother and father.”
Another tweet from him reads:
“I will address the matter in full using the appropriate channels. I would like to sincerely thank those who support and believe in me.”
Ebony Life TV has now addressed the allegations.
In a statement released today, Monday, May 14, 2018, Ebony Life CEO Mo Abudu says she is concerned about the allegations and is determined to find out the truth. The statement adds that an investigation is being carried out to determine “whether there is any merit to these claims”.
A statement will be released after the investigation is concluded.
See statement below;