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Reality TV star 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.

Another man, 21-year-old Tyrelle Ritchie, has been charged with one count of rape in Chichester on the same date, said Sussex Police.

Santos, real name Yuri Santos, and Ritchie have 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 and a second man in relation to the offence in 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.

"Tyrelle Ritchie, 21, Vauxhall Road, London, has been charged with one offence of rape in Chichester on 7 May, 2011. The two men have been bailed to appear before Chichester Magistrates Court on September 19."

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."


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