A musician told police he was “baffled” by allegations he had raped a woman, a jury has heard.
Andy Anokye, who performs under the stage name Solo 45, denies 31 charges against him at Bristol Crown Court.
The grime star was first arrested after a woman alleged she had been held against her will and raped by him.
Avon and Somerset Police contacted three further women after examining pictures and videos found on the 32 year old’s mobile phones and laptop.
He denies charges relating to the four women, including 22 counts of rape and five of false imprisonment.
(Image: Solo 45 Twitter)
When asked about his reaction to the allegations made by the first complainant, he replied: “I was baffled.”
“I didn’t rape this woman in any way whatsoever,” Anokye told police in a prepared statement.
“Any sex that we had was wholly consensual on both sides and there was never any verbal nor any non-verbal communication from her to suggest otherwise.
“With regards to her, she was a willing and enthusiastic participant in my sex games/role play.”
Jurors previously heard how Anokye, a member of the grime collective Boy Better Know, met the woman at a nightclub in Bristol.
Days later, she was allegedly tortured and raped by the rapper at his flat in the waterfront area of the city.
She claims he put bleach on a cloth which he placed over her nose and mouth , then used her coat collar to strangle her. The woman accused Anokye of threatening her before allowing her to leave.
Anokye insisted they had “kissed” and parted on good terms after having what he described as “fairly rough” sex.
In a further statement to police, he said: “The investigating officers have disclosed that she has alleged that I made a series of unpleasant threats.
“These allegations are pure invention, they simply didn’t happen.”
Anokye, who is from London, denies imprisoning and raping the four complainants in the case.
He also denies two charges of assault by penetration and two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Police examining the three mobile phones and laptop found at Anokye’s home after his arrest discovered searches for ‘dacryphilia’.
Jurors have been told this is sexual arousal from another’s tears.
The trial continues.
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