Iraq wants Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred's concert cancelled over sexual assault claims

Iraq wants Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred's concert cancelled over sexual assault claims
3 min read
23 May, 2022
A social media campaign in Iraq is calling on authorities to cancel a concert by a famous Moroccan singer accused of sexual assault
Lamjarred is subject to a number of sexual assault cases [Getty]

A social media campaign in Iraq is calling on Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred to cancel his concert in Baghdad over allegations of sexual assault.

The Arabic hashtag "Saad Lamjarred’s concert is rejected" went viral on social media platforms after entertainment company Sindbad Land announced the singer's concert in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Lamjarred has faced claims of rape and sexual assault in the US and France since 2010, charges he denies. He returned to Morocco in 2019 from France, where he was reportedly banned from leaving the country.

He has since played concerts in countries such as Saudi Arabia.

Iraqis asked how a man with cases of rape and harassment opened against him can be allowed to perform in Baghdad.

The campaign against Lamjarred has attracted widespread support in Iraq.

Another Twitter user called on Iraqi authorities to follow Egypt's move, which in 2020 cancelled Lamjarred's concert after a similar campaign to cancel the star's concert.

The company organising the event has not commented on the matter.

A source at the company, who wished to remain anonymous, told The New Arab’s sister site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that tickets were still being sold despite the online campaign and there are no plans to cancel the concert.

The source said the campaign was "not innocent", claiming that the company was deliberately being attacked.

The 37-year-old singer rose to fame after his 2015 hit 'Lmaallem', which has had more than a billion clicks on YouTube, making it the most-viewed video by an Arab artist on the platform.

A recent duo between Lamjarred and Lebanese popstar Elissa also caused controversy due to the serious allegations against Lamjarred.

The video has been viewed nearly 70 million times in just two weeks.