Award-winning music video director Aswad Ayinde was found guilty of fathering children with his own daughters and was sentenced to 90 years in jail.
In the first trial, it came to light that Ayinde, who directed the Fugees video ‘Killing Me Softly’ in 1996, was attempting to create a “pure family blood line” to survive the apocalypse.
Ayinde, 55, was found guilty Friday of repeatedly raping one of his daughters as far back as when she was eight years old. He impregnated the girl four times.
He was sentenced to 50 years in jail. In 2011, he was convicted of sexually assaulting another daughter and was sentenced to 40 years. Now he will serve 90 years total, with three more trials pending, surrounding allegations that he repeatedly raped his five daughters for nearly 30 years and fathered a total of six children.
Ayinde, born in Nigeria, is a resident of Paterson, N.J. At a pre-trial hearing in 2011, Ayinde said that he believed “the world was going to end, and it was just going to be him and his offspring and that he was chosen.”
The sexual assaults occurred for decades, even while state child welfare officials kept watch over their New Jersey household, according to NBC News. Ayinde was first arrested in 2000, when he tried to move the family to Florida in order to escape a Family Services investigation. He was charged with kidnapping and trying to take three of his children from state custody. He was given probation and the sexual assaults on his daughters continued. It was not until 2006 that he was arrested on for the rape of his five of girls.
Court records sound eerily similar to the Ariel Castro’s rape and torture house in Cleveland. One of his daughter’s said at trial that food was often withheld for minor transgressions, while other punishments included beatings with wooden boards and steel-toed boots.
The girls were home-schooled so that they were cut-off from other children and authorities who might have intervened. Ayinde's wife was allegedly too afraid to do anything to save her daughters or grandchildren.
Some of the babies were delivered at home and have no birth certificates. At least two of the babies born in Ayinde’s house died and were buried without authorities ever being notified.
He will face three more trials related to the sexual assaults.