The Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred has been detained in southern France because of new accusations of rape, officials say. The alleged incident took place in a hotel in Saint-Tropez. No further details were given.
The 33-year-old is already on bail over an alleged rape case dating back to 2016 and was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of a new attack.
Lammarred & # 39; s 2015 hit Lmaallem has become the most watched song of an Arab artist on YouTube.
It has been seen more than 650 million times.
Prosecutors in the southeastern city of Draguignan, near Saint-Tropez, told AFP news agency that the last case was "complex" and two "radically opposed versions of events" were involved.
What happened in the previous cases?
Mr. Lamjarred was arrested for the first time on suspicion of hitting and raping a woman in New York in 2010. He fled the US on bail and has not returned since.
Six years later, he was accused of physically abusing and raping a young French woman in a hotel in Paris. He was released on bail with an electronic label in April 2017 awaiting his trial.
Shortly before his release, the French newspaper Le Parisien reported that a French-Moroccan woman was physically abused two years earlier by Mr. Lamjarred in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.
She said that she had reported the incident to the police, but later put the complaint under pressure from her family.
What was the reaction?
Perhaps surprisingly in the time of #meToo, previous cases against Mr Lamjarred have done little to damage his reputation among fans.
When the singer was arrested in 2016, the Moroccan king intervened himself to cover the legal costs of the singer.
Many of the fans of Mr. Lamjarred insist that the singer is the victim of a "conspiracy" of neighboring Algeria, which has maintained relations with Morocco.
Moroccan media even showed images of small protests "in solidarity" with the singer during his detention.
The first song he released a year after the alleged incident – and dedicated to the king – showed how popular he had remained and gained more than 140 million views.
What about the victims?
The victim of the alleged attack in Paris spoke in November last year when she uploaded a video on YouTube (in French) and detailed the abuse she had experienced online.
"My name is Laura Prioul, I am 21 years old and it has been a year since I was physically attacked, beaten and raped.
"The past year, I hid myself from the media, lurking everyone, that everyone talked about me."
She told details of the alleged attack and described the death threats she received after her identity was made known online.
"There were so many people who talked about me, insulting me and nobody supported me except my family and friends."
Mr. Lamjarred denied the claim of rape by Laura Prioul.