While the finale of season 2 of New School was broadcast Wednesday night on Netflix, BFMTV has just revealed that a complaint for rape filed in August 2022 targeted the winner, Yuz Boy. The rap contest, whose second season was launched on May 17, sees 24 candidates compete against a jury composed of famous rappers Niska, SCH and Shay, with 100,000 euros to the key.
This year's winner is Yuz Boy, a 24-year-old rapper from Mali. He is accused of rape during several non-consensual relations between late 2020 and spring 2021. He has reportedly known the complainant since the summer of 2020. The 26-year-old, who wants to be called Capucine, would have met him through a mutual friend, then they would have made better acquaintance on social networks. They would then have developed a friendly relationship, before it took a more intimate turn.
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"I didn't come into account with the fact that I had been raped"
Capucine told police that she was allegedly the victim of three rapes, the first of which occurred at the end of 2020. "I tried to push him aside with my hand and verbally asked him to stop clearly," she said. But the rapper would not have done so, and would have claimed in his defense, not to have heard it.
The second rape reportedly took place in February 2021 in an elevator. According to BFMTV, they were going to a friend's house to spend the night after a party. They allegedly kissed while waiting for the elevator, but once inside, Yuz Boy entered her without wearing a condom and without asking her if she consented. According to Capucine, who had drunk a lot at this party, she was not in a state to react. "I didn't struggle because I was surprised," she says. He is 1m95 tall and he is sporty. He has unpredictable reactions so I always feared his reactions," she told investigators.
The victim reports a third rape that allegedly took place in March 2021 at her home. While he would have come to visit her, the rapper would have tried to kiss her. Going through a bad time, Capucine would have told him no, "for more than an hour". Yuz Boy allegedly respected his decision at first, before trying again later that evening, when the two had been drinking. The young woman reports that he would have caressed her and then would have laid on her. She then asked him what he was doing but he continued. The young man allegedly removed her pants and then asked for her agreement, to which she claims to have answered "no" again. Nevertheless, Yuz Boy allegedly took off her underwear and penetrated her without a condom. She says she was "flabbergasted". "During the act, I didn't move, I didn't scream. I didn't say anything. He left immediately after. I remember yelling at him that he had defiled me but I didn't come to terms with the fact that I had been raped."
She learns a few weeks later that she is pregnant. This is "the beginning of the second ordeal," she said. The young woman has an abortion and then undergoes a slow descent into hell: she no longer leaves her home, resigns from her job and returns to live with her parents. "I didn't have the strength or the sanity," she says, explaining that it took her time to "get out of denial" and dare to file a complaint. "I am in post-traumatic stress disorder. ", explains the young woman, followed by a psychologist and a psychiatrist.
The rapper "takes responsibility for his wrongs"»
For his part, Yuz Boy "falls from the clouds" in the words of his lawyer, Alissia Dexet. He is reportedly not aware of this complaint or that an investigation against him is ongoing. "He has nothing to reproach himself and does not know what it is," says the lawyer, who adds that "if there is an investigation, my client will be at the disposal of the investigators".
The alleged victim reveals that she confronted the young man with the acts of which she accuses him during a telephone conversation she recorded. Yuz Boy admits to being "sorry for everything that happened" and that he "takes responsibility for his wrongs" and wishes to "apologize".
Netflix certifies that it was not aware of these facts, explaining "to carry out a lot of work at the time of the selection of candidates to ensure that there are no problematic things", doing a research work on "criminal record or tweets". The platform claims to have had no reason to doubt the morality of the candidates in its contest.
Yuz Boy, who won the competition Wednesday night, did not show up for the event celebrating his victory. A spokesperson for Netflix was keen to provide clarifications following the publication of the BFMTV article Thursday morning, saying that the platform was only made aware of these accusations "a few hours" before the broadcast of the final.