A video has emerged of the s.e.xual assault of a Nigerian Afrobeats singer while on stage.
The 22-year-old artist Ruger, whose real name is Michael Adebayo, is seen performing his number-one hit song, Dior, when a fan reaches from the crowd and grabs his private parts.
Visibly shocked, he stops his performance for a few seconds and then proceeds to walk off stage.
The video, which is now trending, has sparked an online conversation about male victims of s.e.xual assault.
Ruger has not yet commented on the incident, which was allegedly committed by a female fan on Sunday.
A separate video on social media appears to show the same woman during another moment of the performance on stage dancing provocatively.
Ruger taps her gently on the shoulder as she dances, but does not engage with her any further in the clip.
What the actual fvck did this girl just do to Ruger on stage ??? pic.twitter.com/wyYvqtnV2C
— Yom🦟 (@YomYom_) March 27, 2022
The incident has sparked anger and shock online.
“Watched the s.e.xual assault video of Ruger and I feel traumatized too. It’s so scary, the man was just performing his craft and someone took away his joy and peace. Imagine other men that go through worse daily but can’t say because the world would mock them,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“The world is so rigged against men when it comes to sexual things we think it’s always initiated by men and they couldn’t have been wronged. Many a man lost their innocence to older women but they keep living with it because nobody listens to them,” another said.
Described in local media as a rising star and known for his signature eye-patch, some of Ruger’s top songs include Bounce and Dior, which was a number one song on Apple Music in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Gambia at the start of the year.
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