Model boss threatened to murder assault victim - ex

2015-10-08 14:21
Dawie de Villiers in court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Dawie de Villiers in court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Modelling company owner Dawie de Villiers threatened to murder one of his alleged sexual assault victims after calling her a "slut" and a "whore", his former girlfriend told the High Court sitting Palm Ridge on Thursday.

This was after she discovered nude photographs of a woman on his personal computer in 2009 at the couple's home in Bryanston, she said.

De Villiers's ex-girlfriend was testifying against the 35-year-old businessman, who faces 38 counts of rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, sexual grooming, possession and accessing of child pornography as well as fraud and theft.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

‘Explicit’ images

De Villiers, who is the founder and owner of Modelling South Africa, had allegedly raped and sexually violated a number of teenage girls between 2011 and 2012.

On Thursday, De Villiers's former lover described the images she discovered as "explicit".

"They were very explicit. She was half naked in most of the photographs. There were also photographs where she was naked in different positions.

"When I looked deeper into the photos, I noticed it was my bedding, in my bed and in my house."

She told the court that she had decided to confront both parties about the images via an e-mail.

"I got her e-mail off his e-mail address and forwarded her the photographs to find out what was going on.

"She responded, telling me there was more to the story and it was not what she had wanted to do. She said Mr De Villiers was forceful and had pushed himself on top of her," the woman told the court.

"I also had a conversation [with him] on this matter. He denied that he had been forceful or pushed her down. He called her a slut and a whore and threatened that he would murder her."

Allegedly threatened to post images online

The woman told the court that De Villiers had told her to inform the young woman in the photographs that he was not impressed with her accusations and would murder her.

De Villiers also threatened to post the images online if she did not stop, the woman told the court.

Part of the e-mail conversation was read out in court in which De Villiers apparently tells the woman: "Tell her to go fuck herself. I'm not going to explain myself to such a slut... who took her clothes off so easily... I will murder that slut, believe me."

The woman is the State's third witness in the trial against De Villiers. The trial continues.

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