Fugees Video Director Faces Unspeakable Charges

Aswad Ayinde charged with impregnating daughters in bizarre end-of-days plot

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Aswad Ayinde (Galasso/The Record of Bergen County)

In an extreme example of how evil can be lurking in plain sight, the identity of the man accused of raping and impregnating several daughters has been revealed. Aswad Ayinde, who directed 1996 MTV-award winning "Killing Me Softly" video featuring The Fugees, has been changed in Paterson, NJ with raping five of his daughters over nearly 20 years ending in 2002, and fathering six children with three of those daughters. His aim was to create a "pure" bloodline, his ex-wife testified.

Ayinde, 51, who most recently lived in Paterson, N.J., also had nine kids with his ex-wife, Beverly, and at least three more with two other women in Brooklyn, court records show.

"He said the world was going to end, and it was just going to be him and his offspring and that he was chosen," Beverly Ayinde testified at a pre-trial hearing.

Prosecutors say Aswad Ayinde used beatings to keep his family from revealing their horrible secret. Beverly Ayinde testified that her fear of being beaten kept her from confronting her ex-husband. Now their painful story is finally coming to light.

His ex-wife still lives in New Jersey and a reporter found her home filled with small children. She did not return a call.

A young woman who said Ayinde was her father answered the door at the home but refused to talk about the case. "It's a painful thing. It's not something we're going to talk about outside of our family. The truth is coming out now, after a long time. That's it."

The video that Aswad Ayinde directed is below.

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