Liberia: Campaign Starts to #MuteDeng#
Monrovia – Some Liberian social media users have posted on various Facebook platforms calling on DJs and other music promoters to mute Daniel George, alias DenG. Most of them are using this #MuteDeng# as a campaign against the Liberian musician.
Report by Bettie K. Johnson-Mbayo, [email protected]
They are also posting on Instagram. Their campaign comes following allegations of sexual abuse from DenG by some women specifically his fellow female artists and fans.
One of the campaigners, Alvin Nyemah, a Liberian filmmaker, who is based in the United States, warned that sexual abuse should not be encouraged in the Liberian entertainment industry.
“We have to send a strong message to abusers. I think DenG is one until he is investigated and vindicated from the accusations. I believe the women,” said Nyemah.
Darling Kollie, “I think it is time that Liberian women come out and speak about sexual issues, they should not be criticized and looked down upon. They are queens, not sex objects and worth more than just sex. We all must #muteDeng#.”
Arthurlyn Richards, on Instagram wrote, “I am not sure of the allegation against DenG but I am not also in the position to condemn these women just because they got comfortable around him. Liberian artists got to do better, you don’t even have a fan base but as soon as a lady expresses interest in their music the next thing is sex, #muteDeng#.”
Nancy Doe says the reason why most victims of rape, abuse, and domestic violence don’t speak out in Liberia is due to public bullying. “Most Liberians have the habit of bullying and clowning victims, bet if this allegation was an ordinary person or someone, they don’t like by now everywhere was going to be a hashtag.
“Not one or two has accused him and everyone bullying them, talking about the victims are jealous, they want to bring him down because he is a star, #muteDeng# that is what I got to say.”
It can be recalled that Musulyn Myers, alias Sweetz accused DenG of attempted rape while on a tour in the US about three years ago. Also along with Sweetz, two other women alleged that the Liberian music star sexually harassed them, too.
The two women, Munnah and Kadie Dickey, who claimed to have been staunch supporters of the singer, said DenG sexually harassed them when they met him in the US on different occasions.
According to Munnah, DenG sexually harassed her when she visited him in Minnesota to discuss a collaboration deal.
“The first thing DenG did when I met him in Minnesota was to begin the discussion with nasty sexual comments about my physical look, which made me feel uncomfortable,” Munnah said.
“After the discussion, DenG asked me to sit down on his lap for a photo and to kiss him on his cheek, something which I did out of respect for the artist but, at the end of the day, he abused the privilege I gave him,” she added.
According to her, by DenG allegedly sexually harassing her in front of her son, “made the situation so disgusting.” She, however, chose to remain quite due to potential negative public backlash from the singer’s fan base.
As for Kadie Dickey, she alleged that DenG sexually harassed her in 2016 at one of his shows in the USA, when she decided to give him a hug.
“During our first-time meeting, I was so excited and gave him a hug. However, the whole situation turned awkward after he started hugging me too tight and moved his hand across my body, down to my buttocks, a move I found very disturbing.
“While hugging me, I told him I did not like the way he was playing with my body, but he did not listen. After satisfying his desire, he let go of me and that’s how I left the show very depressed and saddened,” she said.
Ms. Dickey added that while on her way home, DenG called her to inform her that he had booked a hotel for them and started to make seductive remarks over the phone, but she refused his request to join him at the hotel.
For Sweetz, her alleged rape allegation against DenG has begun to be investigated by the Brooklyn Park Police Department in the United States.
Sweetz said: “Legal action has been taken and the case is now on file. A police report has been filed, which means we have taken the legal route.
“We said that if we ever hear about this particular thing again and we hear that he has done something to other women, we will come out and speak and we will go the legal route. Action has been taken; again, I will say the assault was reported to the police,” she said.
Before the legal action was taken, Sweetz told FrontPage Africa that DenG forcedly attempted raping her in Minnesota when they met to discuss collaboration.
Sweetz alleged that while at his place, DenG took her to a dark room and started trying to kiss her and succeeded getting her naked. She said she was saved from being raped after he noticed that she was menstruating.
“He managed to pull my legs apart and tried to penetrate; the only thing that stopped him is that he saw the kotex (sanitary pad). While hauling the panties down, I had my thighs squeezed together so the kotex didn’t stay in my pantie but between my legs,” Sweetz added.
Then he said, “‘Oh Sweetz, you receiving you couldn’t tell me?’ so I told him, ‘But you and I got that one before I will be explaining to you.’ I saw him as a brother and those kinds of negative things like sexual abuse did not click in my mind,” she narrated.
While most Liberian male artists have remained mute on the allegations against DenG, few, however, have come to the defense of Sweetz while one has tried to stay in the middle.
A Liberian-US-based singer, 2C, alias Mr. Mechanic of US-born Star Akon’s Convict Records, expressed empathy towards the ladies.
He wrote on social media: “Kadie Dickey, Sweetz, Menneh Menneh, Gbalee Wia Togba Roda Starlet and many other victims who have experienced such thing, I’m sorry of what happened to you guys. Stay strong and pay no attention to the negativity. GOD is on your side!
“Daniel George, if you did these allegations you need to step up and apologize to these women!”
In support of Sweetz, a Liberian Gospel musician, Joel Smart, wrote on his Facebook page: “I stand with Sweetz Musulyn Myers. I can’t vouch for all the victims, but I know her too well to know when she’s truly affected by a situation. Therefore, when she called me and confided this, I was shocked.
“I consider myself a friend to both parties (DenG and Sweetz), and as you can imagine this is a very sticky situation, but Sweetz would never lie about this. I have even gone back and forth with her about this and questioned why she wouldn’t speak up. I am so proud of you, Sweetz. People will have all the negative things to say, even with the information you’ve shared, but as I always say, only people that have sense can recognize it.”
Meanwhile, DenG and his fans have maintained that Sweetz and all other accusers of attempted rape are liars.
According to the artist, Sweetz and the other women who are accusing him were in love with him, and when he did not want to give them sex, they ganged up against him to destroy his hard-earned reputation. In support of DenG, Stone Luckshine, the artist’s longtime producer, wrote on his Facebook page: “I will not support a rapist and any form of violence against women. Don’t keep silent on any assaults against women. But till he can be proven guilty, I stand with you, my bro DenG. Just take the legal action and let’s get through this.”