Koffi Olomidé, one of Africa’s most popular singers, has been found guilty of the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15.
He was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence by a Court in France in absentia, as he failed to turn up.
Olomidé, 62, was ordered to pay $5,700 in damages to the former dancer.
The Court in Nanterre, outside Paris, also ordered him to pay a fine of the same amount for helping three women enter France illegally.
Olomidé’s lawyer has hailed the ruling as a victory, telling journalists it would result in the withdrawal of the star’s international arrest warrant.
Olomidé was first charged in 2012 with aggravated rape but the charges were reduced.
Olomidé fled to Dr Congo in 2009 promising to defend himself but failed to appear for the trial in France which, at the women’s request, was held behind closed doors in a Paris Court.
The singer, whose real name is, Antoine Agbepa Mumba, has been in trouble with the law several times before.