Wednesday 17 January 2018

Two girls allege they were sexually assaulted on Derulo tour bus

One teen alleges rape, the other alleges sexual assault

Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Two men have been released without charge in relation to allegations of sexual assault in Cork.

Two girls in their late teens have alleged they were subjected to serious sexual assaults on a moving bus that was being used for a concert by US singer Jason Derulo.

The women, aged 18 and 19 years, told gardai they were driven around Cork city in the bus at the time of the alleged incident.

One alleged she was raped while the other said she was sexually assaulted.

Gardai later arrested two US citizens, aged in their 30s and 40s, in the Grand Parade area of the city at around 4am yesterday.

The two men were taken to the Bridewell garda station for questioning and were held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act today.

They were both released without charge this evening. A file is being sent to the DPP.

The girls are understood to be from county Cork. 

Earlier in the night, they had attended the Live at the Marquee concert by US singer Jason Derulo in an area known as the Marina, in the suburb of Blackrock.

After the concert, the teenagers visited the Savoy nightclub and then met a group of men, who had also been at the concert, and ended up in a bus.

The girls told investigating gardai that the incidents took place while the bus was being driven around the city.

Officers were not immediately clear where the alleged attacks occurred but were satisfied the bus was still in the city at the time.

The bus has been seized by gardai for a detailed forensic examination.

The two girls were taken to the sexual assault unit at the South Infirmary Victoria University hospital for medical treatment.

Jason Derulo (24), whose real name is Jason Joel Desrouleaux, is a Miami-born singer, songwriter and dancer.

He was not in the bus at the time of the alleged incidents.

He has sold over 30 million singles since the start of his career as a solo recording artist in 2009. He has had five top-selling singles, including “Talk Dirty”, “The Other Side”, “Ridin’ Solo”, “In My Head” and “Whatcha Say”.

The Cork concert is part of a worldwide tour and he is performing in Ipswich, England, tonight.

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