In what has got to be one of the most disturbing trials of the year, if not the decade, a one-time famous music video director named Aswad Ayinde has been found guilty of raping his daughter from the time she was 8 years old and fathering four children with her, two of whom have "genetic issues" most likely related to being born through incest. Ayinde, who won an MTV music award for directing the Fugees' "Killing Me Softly," believed he was creating a "master race" of children born of his "pure blood line," and to that end, he fathered six children with three daughters. The unnamed daughter who gave birth to his four children was at the center of this latest trial and she spoke at his sentencing. What she had to say was incredibly powerful.
The daughter, who is now 35, spoke tearfully in court as her father was handed a 50-year sentence (on top of the 40 years he already received for the first trial, in which he was found guilty of molesting a different daughter). She said:
I can’t describe how much you hurt me and my sisters. You should’ve told the truth instead of lying.
She also reportedly went on to say that she forgave him and that she wished he would "repent."
When he refused to make eye contact with her in court, she said:
But obviously, with your head down like that, you do not understand.
Forgiveness is an extremely powerful tool for emotional peace and it's heartening to think that this poor woman has got it in her to forgive her horrible father, who should have been protecting her, not raping her and forcing her to have his children at home. I just hope she is also able to fully feel her rage and anger and isn't suppressing it.
The woman and her sisters decided to come forward to police after they found out that Ayinde had fathered children outside of his marriage to their mother and they had younger sisters. Worried he would do to these other girls what he had already done to them, they reported him.
Their mother has not been charged with a crime. In my opinion, she should be. But she claimed to not know what was going on until the children were adults. How could you NOT know why your children were having home births, one right after the other?! At any rate, the mom was a star witness at the trial and is helping put this monster away, so at least she is doing something now. And we don't know all that went on in that house.
The daughter now attends college and is a straight-A student who has just finished a memoir. She takes care of her children, two of whom have unnamed genetic illnesses, and one who died of spinal muscular atrophy.
This woman -- and her sisters -- have seen more horror in their lives than most people ever will. And yet she sounds miraculously like she is on her way to crawling out of the dark and torturous legacy that her twisted "dad" tried to pass on to his children.
Do you think life in jail is enough for this guy?
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