Rapper Derek Wise has been slapped with 15 charges in connection with a human trafficking investigation.
The hip-hop star was arrested last week (ends14Dec14) after police began probing a 21-year-old woman's claims that she was assaulted and forced to work in the sex trade and as an exotic dancer around the Toronto area in Canada.
Wise, real name Derek Bissue, 22, appeared in court on Friday (12Dec14) and remains in custody awaiting trial.
He has been slapped with 15 charges relating to the investigation, including trafficking in persons and doing so for material benefit, uttering threats of death and bodily harm, robbery, theft and weapons charges, among others.
His manager Quincy Nanatakyi says, "The investigation against Derek is both shocking and offensive... Derek would like everyone to please understand that all slanderous accusations against him are completely untrue and he empathises with all victims of any and every form of abuse... I want all of his fans, friends and loved ones to send positive energy for this tiresome, sombre, and ridiculous situation. Lastly, I want to state that due to the legal process I cannot disclose any more information at this time. Also please understand that there are two sides to every story."
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