Director of Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly” Convicted for Raping Daughters

By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
July 29, 2013

Aswad Ayinde stood hunched over the stand with his face hidden behind tightly clutched court papers, despite Superior Court Judge Raymond Reddin’s admonishment to face his victims. On Friday, Ayinde, known for directing The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly,” was convicted for raping his own children.

His second eldest daughter testified that she was sexually assaulted since the age of eight. North Jersey News reported that the abominable acts were motivated by the desire to keep a “pure bloodline” in the belief that he was a chosen prophet. Ayinde raped his daughters repeatedly, fathering five children through four of his wife’s daughters. When they heard that there were more children–who they openly claimed as “siblings”– seeded through other women still within his reach, they found the courage to bring him to trial.

Two of the children of the daughter who testified on Friday are reported to have genetic illnesses highly likely due to incest. A 9-year-old died in 2010 of spinal muscular atrophy. IBTimes reports that at least two babies who died at home were buried secretly, and the daughters isolated through beatings and home schooling. The second eldest said she forgave the man who now appeared in Paterson in a prison jumpsuit, having hoped he would repent, “but obviously, with your head down like that, you do not understand.”

Ayinde is sentenced to 90 years from the conviction at this trial and another in 2010. He is scheduled to appear in three more hearings after requesting separate trials for the cases brought by his other daughters.

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