"I decided to come back after two months of hesitation. I have learned the lesson, and I hope to count on your forgiveness." It is in words that Yves de Mbella makes his return to Ivorian television. After serving his sentence of suspension of all tv-radio broadcasts over a period of 30 days, by the High Authority of Audiovisual Communication (HACA), the one who is affectionately nicknamed in the world of show business "Capricorn", resumed service on December 4 with his show "Nothing to hide".
What was he accused of?
The Cameroonian host was sentenced by the Ivorian justice to 12 months of suspended imprisonment, with a fine of 2 million FCFA in the case called "apology of rape". On August 30, 2021, Yves de Mbella staged on his set, the reconstruction of a sexual assault during the program "La télé d'ici vacances" broadcast on the antennas of the Ivorian private television the New Ivorian Channel (NCI). His approach provoked indignant reactions on the web both in Côte d'Ivoire and abroad.
The TV show was supposed to expose rape and featured a former alleged rapist reconstructing an abusive scene on a model sparked outrage in Côte d'Ivoire on Tuesday.
The private television Nouvelle Chaine Ivoirienne broadcast it live at prime time in front of an audience and provoked indignant reactions on social media and among Ivorians.
On this subject, the animator does not fail to make his mea-culpa. The goal was precisely to raise awareness against this scourge, but he did not "know how to do it by treating with lightness a highly sensitive subject. »
"I offer my sincere apologies to the rape victims. »
"I would like to reiterate to them once again and especially to all the people on the planet who were shocked," he admits on Viberadio.