Saad Lamjarred, 31, a star in Morocco who is well known on the Arab pop music scene, was charged on Friday after he allegedly attacked a woman in his hotel room.
Following the star’s arrest, King Mohammed VI has said he will cover Lamjarred’s legal costs, Morocco’s official MAP news agency reported.
Moroccan pop star Saad Lamjarred, 31, has been charged with aggravated rape after he allegedly attacked a woman in a Paris hotel room
According to the Moroccan Embassy in Paris, the king wants French lawyer Eric Dupond Moretti, who is known for securing his clients’ acquittals, to defend the pop star, and has promised to pick up the bill.
The 20-year-old woman claims that Lamjarred attacked her in his hotel room near the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Lamjarred, who had been due to perform in Paris on Saturday, has been imprisoned in France while the investigation continues.
He was reportedly under the influence of both alcohol and drugs at the time of the alleged attack.
Moroccan King Mohammed VI has said he will cover Lamjarred’s legal costs and offered to hire a top defence lawyer
The embassy told AFP: ‘This is a favorable response to a request from the family of the singer who sought his majesty’s intervention, and with respect for the presumption of innocence’.
King Mohammed VI awarded the singer Morocco’s highest national honor in 2015.
Dupond Moretti had acted for the king himself last year when two French investigative journalists were charged with blackmail for demanding two million euros from the monarch, in return for not publishing a book which allegedly contained damaging revelations about King Mohammed.