The Public Prosecution Service will prosecute Ali B and Jeroen Rietbergen for sexual abuse in the TV program The Voice of Holland. Marco Borsato will not be prosecuted due to lack of evidence, the Central Netherlands Public Prosecution Service has announced.
Ali B is being prosecuted for sexual offenses from 2014 and 2018 with three adult women. In one of those suspicions there is a link with The Voice, in the other there is not. A fourth report against Ali B has been dropped, because it has not been established that it concerns a criminal offense.
Jeroen Rietbergen is suspected of a sexual offense that took place in February 2018 around the recording studios where The Voice of Holland was recorded. The OM does not report details about this.
No evidence was found in the investigation into Marco Borsato to support the reports against him. Therefore, according to the Public Prosecution Service, the case cannot be proven and it has been decided to dismiss it. A case that is not related to The Voice of Holland has also been reported against Marco Borsato. A separate investigation is underway into this, the outcome of which is not yet known.
The reason for the investigation into TVOH by the judiciary was a broadcast of BOOS, the YouTube program by presenter Tim Hofman, in January last year. Dozens of women are said to have been harassed behind the scenes by coaches Ali B and Marco Borsato and band leader Jeroen Rietbergen, Linda de Mol’s partner at the time.
At Ali B, the allegations included rape and assault, Marco Borsato at groping. also of underage girls, and with Jeroen Rietbergen for groping and sending dick pics.
Following the broadcast, the Public Prosecution Service called on victims to report themselves and to file a report. It led to reports against four different employees. The investigations started at the end of April last year, which have now been completed.
The investigation into the fourth employee has already been completed by the Public Prosecution Service. This concerned a director who was accused of indecently groping and kissing women on the mouth. The OM decided in November last year not to prosecute the director because there was no evidence to support the reports.
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