Another woman has come forward to accuse a Nollywood filmmaker of sexual harassment.
Writing on social media, Lawal Dolapo accused veteran actor Yemi Solade of demanding for sex in exchange for a movie role.
Dolapo claims the actor invited her to a guest house, and when she said he was like a father to her, he said: ““I know my children, and you are not one. If you want a role, then come.”
“Okay, I saw a post about Yomi Fabiyi on @instablog9ja and I felt like talking about mine. Years ago when the drive to become an actor was high, I believed in myself so much, I was going for auditions, getting call backs and anytime I was called on to set, something about school will set in.
I saw this man’s page, I mean the almighty @yemi_solade and I noticed he had his BBM pin on his bio, as a hustling girl, I sent him request, he accepted, it felt like heaven on earth, I felt like my prayers were about to be answered.
I sent him accolades first, you know na, next thing I said, sir, I’ll like to be featured in movies, he said that’s not a problem, I should meet him up somewhere around Ajah. Cross-checking the address, it was a guest house, I said, sir, you are like my father(I was about 20yrs old then), uncle said and I quote “I know my children, and you are not one. If you want a role, then come”
Emi Arike, if I’ll sleep with a man for something, then it’s not going to be something I can get by myself
I was shook!!! Mehn!!! The same man that flaunts his family on his page? That day I told myself, these nollywood actors can never be trusted.”
Yemi Solade has denied the accusation, accusing bloggers of paying her, and threatening lawsuit. He wrote:
“I congratulate the new CELEBRITY on the bloc! Her intentions would be her undoing. The Cocoyam leaves had had water within before the rainy season. I wish her all the best. I thank you guys who know one or two things on how we work. I live on Gowon Estate, Egbeda….
Work all over the world and we are camped in hotels for the duration of work….. I need not dwell on this NUISANCE VALUE gist. This is NOT how Funke Akindele – Bello, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade – Ekeinde and their likes got into public consciousness….
My dear sisters did the needful by training in film schools, acquiring film education and today the world celebrates them. I wish this Dolapo Lawal success in her new status…. Welcome to the world of CELEBS…. I hope the bloggers paid her handsomely.
You will be the first to run her sadness when she lands in court.”
Also commenting on the post, Yoruba actress Folake Daramola called out the accuser, asking what she intends to achieve and if she has evidence.
“You’re very silly for this. What do you want to achieve with this? What evidence do you have? Stupid idiot,” Daramola wrote.
Since the New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment against media mogul Harvey Weinstein by dozens of women, several other men, including Yomi Fabiyi and Nick Mutuma, have been accused of assault by women from all over the world.