“Killing Me Softly” director Aswad Ayinde is being held on a $1 million bond after being charged with raping and fathering children from his own daughters.
Ayinde, aged 51 and also known as Charles McGill, faces 27 charges ranging from child endangerment to aggravated sexual assault.
According to prosecutors, Ayinde’s daughters bore him six children from the mid 80’s through 2002.
Ayinde’s allegedly oversaw each baby’s delivery, with his motivation being to create a “pure” bloodline to survive the world’s apocalypse.
“He said the world was going to end, and it was just going to be him and his offspring and that he was chosen,” explained ex-wife Beverly Ayinde, who testified in a pre-trial and has 9 children with the accused. “I was afraid to ever accuse him of being demented or being a pedophile. I knew the word, but I wouldn’t dare use it because it would result in a beating.”
Aswad Ayinde drew the suspicion of New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services as early as 2000, when the state took temporary custody of his children for beating them with steel-toe boots and wooden boards.
He would later try to forcibly take them from a hospital while they were under state custody. With legal issues mounting, authorities claim Ayinde began moving his family regularly around northern New Jersey in cities such as Paterson and East Orange
An ex-girlfriend named Subhana Rahim told the New York Daily News that she has two children with Ayinde, and lived with him from 2001-2004. She claims the MTV-award winning director referred to his older daughters as his wives, and she first learned about the child abuse in 2002.
“He was this successful artist who had worked with the Fugees,” she stated. “I was shocked when he told me they were his daughters and that he’d been sleeping with them… I didn’t try to understand something so ridiculous.”
An unidentified daughter told reporters outside the Ayinde home that the accusations were true, but declined to elaborate further.
“It’s a painful thing. It’s not something we’re going to talk about outside the family,” she told the NY Daily News. “The truth is coming out now, after a long time. That’s it.”