Kazeem Ajobe, member of ‘Rough Copy’, one of the bands that have been selected to take part in this year’s X- factor UK live shows has been revealed as an ex-convict who has had trouble with the law for assault and drugs.
Kazeem’s troubles started two weeks ago when his band went through to the next stage of the auditions where they would have to sing in front of one of the judges as a mentor who would then decide which of the acts assigned to him or her would sing at the live shows.
Kazeem’s band, ‘Rough Copy’ was to go and audition in the US, where their mentor decided to hold his auditions.
Unfortunately for Kazeem he couldn’t get his US visa on time and had to pull out of the competition. The other two members had to carry on as a duo, got through to the live shows and Akeem was allowed back into the band.
Good news for Akeem, right? Maybe not. Revelations of Akeem’s criminal past have emerged.
In 2006 he got a caution for common assault on a man outside a train station.
A year later he had to serve 250 hours community service for affray.
And in 2010 he was fined and cautioned for possession of cannabis.
Last night, Kazeem assured fans that his dark past was behind him.
He said: “I’ve done things I am not proud of. I haven’t been an angel but I am a changed man now”.
“A few years back I was caught up in a group fight. I’m a guy who never leaves a guy down. I helped him out. It got physical and I did 250 hours community service for that. I rode it out”.
“Then there was another situation when I was with my missus and an old man tried to harm her. I am a protector and I had to protect my lioness. I got common assault for that and that was a little caution”.
“The last time I was in trouble was 2010. I’ve done my crime. I’ve done my time. I’m a family man now. I’ve got a little boy. I’m in a great relationship. I do community work and go to church.”
It is yet to be known if or how his criminal past will affect how viewers vote for his band.
The group are being mentored in the competition by TV judge Gary Barlow.