Former Tottenham Hotspur star Victor Wanyama has announced that it will take legal action after an online video of a woman allegedly paid her 700,000 Kenyan shillings ($ 6,450) for a one-night stand.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the Kenyan national team captain, now playing in MLS club football with Montreal Impact, said: “My attention was drawn to an online video containing false, fabricated and abusive allegations intended to scandalize my good name Call.
“I want to distance myself completely from the content of this defamatory video. The claims made therein are total fiction and at best an invention of the manufacturer’s imagination.
“I’ve never met a party in the video. I strongly condemn the actions of both the woman in the video and the editor of the video Arthur Mandela through his Instagram account @Xtiandela to promote the demeaning of people on the basis of false accusations. “
Wanyama accused blogger Mandela – known as Xtian Dela – and the woman, a celebrity named Shakila, of using the allegations to improve their online profiles.
He added that the “malicious” allegations were “unacceptable” to him and his family and, as such, had “directed my legal team to pursue all available legal remedies”.
19-year-old Shakila claimed she was paid for sex by several Kenyan celebrities, including Wanyama and rapper Khaligraph Jones, during a live Instagram video with Mandela.
She then apologized to Jones in an Instagram post, claiming she was under the influence of alcohol, but claimed her other claims were true.
“I am forced to apologize publicly for damaging @khaligraph_jones’ public image through everything I said yesterday due to the influence of alcohol and reverse psychology,” she said.
“I’m sorry Papa Jones. The rest of that mentioned were true and any claims made are not taken and treated personally. “
Wanyama joined Montreal in March and has since made 14 appearances for his new squad.
The 29-year-old moved from the Premier League to MLS after playing 97 games each in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton.