- Loses endorsement deals
- May be banned by TAMPAN, TGMA, and others disown him
As celebrities continue to air their views on the rape allegation levelled against actor, Olanrewaju James otherwise known as Baba Ijesha, who is currently being detained by the police for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl, actor, some top movie makers and actors are said to have moved against the embattled actor with some of them insisting that the law must take its full course.
The 14-year-old girl allegedly defiled by Baba Ijesha is a foster daughter of popular comedienne, Princess who alleged that it was during one of his visits to her house that Baba Ijesha molested one of the three girls living with her.
With the rape saga already causing bad blood among movie practitioners, particularly in the Yoruba speaking movie industry, findings by R revealed that top actors and actresses who were close to Baba Ijesha are disappointed about his action and have turned their backs again the actor.
Some of the actors who spoke with Newsafricanow didn’t want their names mentioned but they confirmed that such act of misconduct did not sit down well with them as they maintained that the actor may soon be banned by the association if found guilty.
As of Thursday, it gathered that Baba Ijesha who has featured in more than 100 movies over the years and wormed his way into the hearts of many movie lovers is currently having a difficult time in his hands as some of his family members are said to be making efforts to save his face and get him a soft landing.
A close source who is privy to happenings among top actors in the industry told R that many top movie makers and socialites have moved against the embattled actor as they were said to have been embarrassed by what they described as a shameful act that should not be overlooked by any right thinking person.
Information pieced together by also revealed that a popular real estate company also dropped Ijesha as its brand ambassador just as Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in a statement said the case had been forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
President of Theatre and Motion Pictures Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Mr Bolaji Amusan, otherwise known as Mr Latin who condemned the actor for the allegedly defiling the minor said the association was currently reviewing the situation and would take a final decision when investigation has been concluded.
Also speaking, President, The Golden Movie Ambassadors of Nigeria (TGMA) Saidi Balogun said he was sad to hear about the act allegedly committed by the popular actor, insisting that judgment must be served to serve as deterrent to others.