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Celeb star Aggro charged with rape

Former I'm A Celebrity contestant Aggro Santos has been charged with raping two women.

The 22-year-old Brazilian-born rapper is accused of raping one woman in Chichester, West Sussex, on May 7 and another in Yeovil, Somerset, between September 25 and 26 last year.

Santos, real name Yuri Santos, has been bailed to appear at Chichester Magistrates' Court on September 19.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Sussex Police to charge a man in relation to two separate investigations of rape in Somerset and Sussex.

"Yuri Santos, 22, of Bickersteth Road, London, has been charged with two offences of rape; one in Chichester on 7 May, 2011, and another in Yeovil between 25 and 26 September last year."

The charges in Chichester are understood to relate to an incident at the Ship Hotel in the city following a university gig Santos performed.

The musician "vehemently denies" the claims, according to his solicitor, who described them as "trumped-up allegations".

Phil Smith, from Tuckers Solicitors, said: "My client is shocked and appalled that he has been charged over these trumped-up allegations which are completely false. He vehemently denies these charges and will be vigorously fighting them."

Santos's debut single, Candy, featuring former Pussycat Dolls singer Kimberly Wyatt, shot to number five in the UK charts last year.

But he became more popularly known by his appearance in last year's series of ITV's reality game show I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! in which he reached the last six.

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