A video that purportedly shows musician Eugene Ashe, popularly known as Wisa Greid, displaying his sex organ during a performance on Christmas Eve last year was Wednesday screened at the Accra Circuit Court.
The video showed the accused pulling down his pants while dancing and stroking what appeared to be his penis at the buttocks of a female performer.
Wisa, of Ekiki Me fame, was performing at a concert dubbed, “Decemba to Rememba” in Accra. It was organised by an Accra-based radio station, Citi FM.
There were interesting exchanges between the lawyer for Wisa, Mr Jerry Avenorgbor, and the investigator of the case, Detective Chief Inspector Edward Adjei Odame, who is also a prosecution witness, during cross-examination.
Mr Avenorgbo told the court that the prosecutor could not ascertain whether the sexual organ shown in the video was that of the accused because he (prosecutor) had not actually seen the organ.
“Have you seen his penis before in physical form? If not, how can you confirm if the size and the colour of the one shown in the video are the same as that of the accused?” Mr Avenorgbor asked.
Chief Inspector Odame, in his response, stated that there was no need for him to see the sexual organ of the accused for him to determine whether the video was authentic or not because such an action “will be against the dignity of the accused”.
He explained that when the police arrested Wisa, they showed him the said video in the presence of his manager and “he admitted that he was the subject in the video”.
Mr Avenorgbor asked the witness if he had used any scientific method to determine whether the sexual organ shown in the video was that of the accused.
“The police always test for wee or cocaine in the laboratory,” he added.
In response, Chief Inspector Odame said there was no need to provide any scientific evidence because the accused had admitted being at the scene at the time the video was captured.
Mr Avenogbor told the court that what was shown in the video was not a real sexual organ but rather a dildo, a false penis which the accused wore with the intention of creating a publicity stunt to advance his career.
“My Lord, this is a common practice in the music and movie industries worldwide. Since my client initiated that act, his ratings have soared,” he claimed.
The case was adjourned by the court, presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, to March 22, 2016.
On December 25, 2015, the attention of the Accra Regional Police Command was drawn to a nude video posted on the Internet from an unknown source.
According to the prosecution, investigations into the case revealed that on December 24, 2015, Airtel Telecommunications Company and Citi FM had organised a Christmas party at the Accra International Conference Centre, with Wisa as the guest artiste.
In the course of the event, Wisa was ushered in to perform on the main stage, together with a female dancer.
The prosecution said during the performance, Wisa stood behind the female dancer as they danced together and suddenly removed his penis to stroke the buttocks of the dancer, in the full glare of the audience.
He has been charged with indecent exposure, which is a misdemeanour.