BY ESE DIBEBI
Nollywood filmmaker, critic and blogger, Charles Novia has given his take about the rape scandal in which popular Afropop artist, Timaya is currently embroiled in.
Timaya was accused by American based Sheila B of raping her while he was in the United States recently. He has denied the allegation, saying even though they indeed had sexual relations, it was consensual. Timaya even went as far as releasing screenshots of some of their chats.
Charles Novia, on his blog, has tackled the issue. He believes that things don’t currently look good for Timaya and that he also hasn’t done much justice to clear his name from the mess.
Below is an excerpt of the article:
Timaya’s response was dismissive and ill-advised without any media management helping out in damage control. That’s the first step for a celebrity when these kind of things happen. It doesn’t matter who is right or wrong but all that comes to the fore at first is perception management for the celebrity. And Timaya had none in that first interview.
He implicated himself much in that interview, in my opinion and not of the crime he has been accused of but of his admission of being in the same room with the lady and revealing aspects of the post – coital incidents which any smart lawyer in America could use against him in a court of law. His honesty is commendable but a naivete not to allow a paid Media manager give his own side of the story is my worry.