The disturbing story of Aswad Ayinde - from fame as a music video director to depravity and 90 years in prison for raping his daughters.
The shocking hidden truth behind the “Killing Me Softly” director. How his daughter Aziza survived the abuse and now advocates for other victims.
Early Life and Immigration to America
Aswad Ayinde was born Charles McGill in 1958 in Nigeria. Little is known about his early life except that he was born into a Christian family.
As a young man, he immigrated to the United States looking for better opportunities. He settled in Paterson, New Jersey.
Earning Fame as a Music Video Director
In the 1990s, Aswad Ayinde started making a name for himself as a music video director. His big break came in 1996 when he directed the music video for The Fugees' monster hit "Killing Me Softly."
The creative video earned acclaim and propelled Aswad Ayinde into the upper echelon of music video directors. He seemed to be living the high life, enjoying the fruits of fame and success.
The Horrific Hidden Truth - Aswad Ayinde's Abuse of His Daughters
But behind closed doors, away from the flashing lights of the entertainment industry, Aswad Ayinde was hiding a horrific secret.
Throughout the 1990s and even earlier, he was sexually abusing his own daughters.
30 Years of Manipulation, Rape and Incest
The sexual abuse began as early as the mid-1980s. Aswad Ayinde raped 5 of his daughters repeatedly over a span of 30 years, telling them he was "making them better women."
He psychologically manipulated them, sneaking into their bedrooms at night and coercing them into staying silent.
Fathering Children Through Incest
Aswad Ayinde impregnated his daughters multiple times. In total, he fathered 6 children by incestuously raping his own daughters.
The abuse resulted in babies born from a despicable union of father and child.
No Education, No Outside Contact
Aswad Ayinde's daughters were completely isolated. They were homeschooled with no outside contact. And they were living in silent terror, as Aswad Ayinde continued violating his own children for decades.
The Escape and Emotional Testimony Against Aswad Ayinde
In 2002, after over 25 years of sexual torture, Aswad Ayinde's wife Beverly and daughter Aziza finally escaped from the monster.
In 2006, with Aswad Ayinde safely out of the country, they testified in court in detail about the relentless abuse.
Conviction and Sentencing
In 2011, Aswad Ayinde was convicted on numerous charges thanks to Beverly and Aziza's testimony. He was sentenced to a 40-year prison term. Additional charges added 50 more years in 2013.
Ongoing Appeals While in Prison
Now 65 years old, Aswad Ayinde continues to appeal his hefty prison sentence. But due to the egregious nature of his crimes, he will likely die in prison.
He is currently serving his sentence at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, NJ.
Aziza's Road to Recovery and Motivation to Help Others
Although Aswad Ayinde's abominable actions inflicted immense trauma, his daughter Aziza Kibibi is determined not to let the abuse define her.
She has written two books detailing her story to help and motivate other young women who have suffered abuse. Aziza also speaks publicly as part of her mission to empower victims.
Aswad Ayinde's despicable 30-year history of child rape and incest is a cautionary tale about the monsters that can hide behind facades of success.
But his daughter Aziza's resilience proves light can shine even in the darkest of circumstances.
Who is Aswad Ayinde?
Aswad Ayinde is a music video director who sexually abused his daughters for over 30 years. He is currently serving 90 years in prison.
What did Aswad Ayinde do?
Aswad Ayinde raped and impregnated 5 of his own daughters over a period of 30 years. He fathered 6 children through this incestuous abuse.
How long is Aswad Ayinde in prison?
In 2011, Aswad Ayinde was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Two years later he received an additional 50-year sentence, totalling 90 years behind bars.
What happened to Aswad Ayinde's wife?
Aswad Ayinde's wife Beverly escaped her abusive husband in 2002 along with their daughter Aziza. The two later testified against him in court.
How did Aswad Ayinde get caught?
Aswad Ayinde was arrested in 2006 after his wife and daughter found the courage to testify about the years of abuse while he was out of the country.