By Randa Darwish
For the third time, the Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred has been reportedly held in police custody in France over rape allegations. He was arrested on Sunday with no further details revealed yet.
In what appeared to be similar circumstances to the previous incident, Moroccan media reports state that Saad’s arrest came after a French woman filed a complaint that she was assaulted by the singer in a luxury hotel room in Paris.
The news on his arrest was received by mixed reactions on social media leaving his fans in shock.
It also outraged many Moroccans and Arabs who got to wonder how he got away with the first two scandals, wishing he will stay in prison this time to learn his lesson well.
While this is not first time in which Saad faces rape scandals and sexual harassment, Saad was arrested earlier in October 2016 in Paris and charged with rape and assault. However, he was released on bail with his trial not finished yet.
Earlier in 2010, a woman in Brooklyn went out to reveal that she was sexually assaulted and beaten by the Moroccan pop star. Saad was arrested and indicted at that time, according to the victim’s lawyer. However, he was released on bail and fled the US since then.
Despite all of this, there are still some of his fans who insists on rejecting all those allegations claim it is all just a “plot” being deliberately prepared for him to detract his notable success in the past few years.
One the reasons believed to help in raising the fame of Saad was the support he received by the Moroccan King Mohammed VI when he was arrested the previous time, when the King appointed his own lawyer to defend Saad in France and helped him get released.
Some users went to highlight the similarity between Saad and the Hollywood disgraced actor, Kevin Spacey.
However, there is a notable difference between the two stars, that Spacey has lost all his fame by being removed from Netflix and recently bombing at the box office, while Saad had released two main songs since his release in 2017 and they both got unexpected success among Arabs.
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