Model boss 'shocked' by accusations

2016-03-23 14:07
Dawie de Villiers in court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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

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Johannesburg - Former model boss Dawie de Viliiers on Wednesday told the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge that he was shocked when he received a message from the mother of one his models, accusing him of having inappropriate conversations with her daughter. 

De Villiers said, at the time, he was on holiday in Port Elizabeth and had been on a fishing trip without his phone when the alleged conversation happened. 

He requested that the woman send him screenshots of the messages she was referring to, and she did. 

"That is when I realised that someone was using my name and picture or profile, doing very nasty things to girls, pretending to be me," said De Villiers. 

He informed the disgruntled mother that the BBM account her daughter had been receiving messages from was different from the one he used and he sent her proof of this. 

De Villiers said he immediately posted on social media and emailed a US modeling agency he worked with, telling them that there was someone doing illegal things using his name and warned them about this.

De Villiers, who owns modelling company Modelling South Africa, faces charges including rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, sexual grooming, compelled self sexual assault, intimidation, fraud and possession and accessing of child pornography.

He allegedly raped and sexually violated several teenage girls between 2011 and 2012.

He reportedly sought to have some of the charges against him discharged.

Judge Cassim Moosa discharged the counts of indecent assault, crimen injuria, sexual assault and grooming and fraud – mainly because witnesses did not testify.

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