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Abuse in the spotlight

There have been a number of developments around abuse accusations levelled against high profile men, so we thought we’d round them up. 

🔹South African celebrity Somizi Mhlongo has been accused of physically abusing his estranged husband, media personality Mohale Motaung. The celebrated marriage between the pair – the subject of a reality show and many column inches – has come apart with rumours of infidelity and a pending divorce floating about. On Sunday, Motaung made explosive domestic abuse allegations against his husband in an audio interview, Channel 24 reported, saying he was threatened at knifepoint and beaten up. Since the accusations emerged, Mhlongo has taken time off from presenting a show on Metro FM, the station said. Mhlongo himself declined to comment, saying lawyers are handling the matter. 

🔹Further abroad, R&B singer R.Kelly’s sex trafficking trial will kick off next week. The singer, who has been in jail for the past two years, has been accused of racketeering, bribery and sexual abuse – he allegedly ran a criminal scheme in which women and underage girls were recruited to perform sexual acts with him. 🤮  

🔹Also in the US, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has formally been accused by the state’s Attorney General of sexually harassing 11 women. Cuomo was first accused of sexual misconduct last year, but following a press conference last week, several other women came forward with their testimony and experiences, going as far back as 2013, the Daily Mail reported. The governor denied the allegations and said he will not resign. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 05 August 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.