Mome supports her husband Tol Ass Mo amid rape allegations: “I will support my husband until he is proven guilty”

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Reality TV star Mome Mahlangu has for the first time made it clear that she is standing by her husband Tol Ass Mo.
Reality TV star Mome Mahlangu has for the first time made it clear that she is standing by her husband Tol Ass Mo.
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Reality TV star Mome Mahlangu has for the first time made it clear that she is standing by her husband comedian Tol Ass Mo as he stands accused of sexual assault by model Lerato Moloi.

Mome took to Instagram to speak up about the matter after there was a public outcry when the pair was invited for an interview on BET Africa’s Behind The Story with Pearl Thusi show.

Due to the public outcry the channel has decided to not air their interview.

“I’m not sure why I’m being bullied cause yes not by Twitter,” she said.

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In a social media statement which was subsequently edited, she said as much as she takes this matter seriously, she’s not going to entertain the court of public opinion as the matter has already gone the legal route.

“We will not participate in kangaroo court but the real Court as these Allegations are not to be taken lightly and as a woman myself I’m disturbed and I have taken jabs from the kangaroo court as they Are the investigators...[sic],” she posted.

Even though most people want Tol Ass Mo to be brought to book, there are those who have been supportive of the pair.

The lass didn’t forget to express her gratitude for that in the same post while also highlighting the fear they have as a family for their own safety.

“Thank u for those who have had a mature eye with this ... our children are home schooling and well taken care of at home as being in public is currently dangerous for us and especially @keithrsa , my family and my father in-laws family and our close friends have been with us,” she concluded.

In a social media statement, Lerato opened up about how she’s been struggling for years to come to terms with what had happened to her.

“For many years I have been battling the courage and support to speak up against a number of acts of violence which have happened to me. With a shift in the way in which society has set up to listen to the voices of survivors along with spread of the global #MeToo movement,” Lerato said in a statement.

She says after many years of struggling with her pain she had finally found the courage to speak and actually point at the alleged perpetrator.

“In 2014, I was sexually assaulted and raped by Mongesi “Tollassmo” Mahlangu while working on a television production in Paarl, Western Cape. For numerous reasons, I did not open a case at the time and only shared this experience with one of the other participants on the show. The trauma, guilt and shame of the assault has left me with immeasurable emotional scars for the past 6 years,” she said.

The model was reportedly arrested in June and subsequently appeared in court on 1 July for being in contempt of court after refusing to remove a social media post accusing the comedian of sexual harassment.

Lerato has opened a case against the comedian. A hashtag #IBelieveLeratoMoloi  has since started trending.

 

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