Theunis Crous in a he said, she said

2013-07-07 14:00

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Khanyi Mbau’s former sugar daddy has been accused by his sister-in-law of threatening to publish doctored nude photographs of her because, she claims, she spurned his sexual advances.

Theunis Crous’ sister in law, Pearl Kenosi Mooi, also claims the property baron has been harassing and insulting her.

Mooi claims the police did not allow her to lodge a criminal complaint of harassment and crimen injuria late last month.

She says officers told her to apply for a protection order at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court, but the case was dismissed in the Domestic Violence Court there because the two are not a couple.

Crous, who is married to Mooi’s sister Primrose, has dismissed the allegations and insists he never asked for sexual favours.

Instead, he claims, Mooi and her family want him behind bars because “she wanted me to have an affair with her and I refused”.

“She insisted that I have an affair with her because she wanted everything that my wife has. How could she do that to her sister? She then started sending me nude pictures and I told her to stop. That is why she wanted me locked up,” he told City Press.

Crous shot to notoriety when he briefly

left Primrose for a steamy and very public affair with socialite Mbau. He and his wife later reconciled.

In the affidavit Mooi submitted to the police and the court, she said Crous had been pestering her for sex since 2010.

He showered her with gifts, she claimed, then – after she rejected him – demanded that she repay him. “I have an email with the heading ‘Demand of Debt 2012-2013’ he sent to my personal and work email addresses,” she said in the affidavit.

Mooi decided to go to the police, she said in the affidavit, after Crous tweeted last month that she had sent him nude pictures. First, she claimed, he had threatened to Photoshop a picture of her in the buff and publish this on social media.

“The respondent is a person of public interest and has substantial public influence. He has promised to use his influence to harm me verbally and on social networks.

I have proof of SMSes and emails, which he bombards me with daily, threatening to publish images and videos of me in the nude and compromising positions,” the affidavit said.

Mooi, who is an administrative clerk in Bryanston, said Crous had called her boss and landlord, making “detrimental” allegations against her. Her sister Primrose, she claimed, had phoned her boss and asked for her to be sacked.

“I’m on special leave as my working environment has been interrupted by the respondent and I fear that my services to the company I work for are suddenly being reviewed.

“I fear it could lead to an emotional meltdown that I don’t know if I will ever recover from.”

Mooi’s mother, Palesa, also submitted an affidavit. She corroborated her daughter’s version of events. Repeated attempts to contact Mooi for comment were unsuccessful. A woman who answered her workplace phone line said Mooi no longer worked there.

Douglasdale police spokesperson Colonel Tinus Swart confirmed that Mooi had reported the matter to them, but had not opened a case.

“She might have opted to take the court route, but this is a criminal matter and she is welcome to open a case,” he said.

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