Eminem lyrics are
blamed for sex attack
By Nigel Bunyan
A sex attack on a nine-year-old boy may have
been inspired by the sordid lyrics of a song by the rap star
Eminem, a court was told.
|Eminem: 'Ken Kaniff' track was
played in court
The child was twice ordered to perform a lewd
sexual act with a boy three years his senior.
On the first occasion he was threatened with a
piece of metal, while on the second his attacker said he would
kill the younger boy's dogs unless he complied with demands.
The older boy, now 13, is due to be sentenced
at a later date after being convicted at Minshull Street Crown
Court, Manchester, on charges of indecent assault.
Earlier, the jury was played a recording of the
Eminem track, Ken Kaniff (skit), after William Baker,
prosecuting, said: "One possibility is that the 12-year-old
boy [now 13] in adolescence heard the track and thought it would
be a good idea to make someone do that to him."
Judge Barry Woodward, who listened to the track
with the jury, described it as "quite disgusting".
Afterwards the victim's mother said: "My son likes Eminem
but I have only let him listen to tracks that make the charts.
When they played that awful song in the courtroom I felt
Michele Elliott, director of Kidscape, the
child protection charity, criticised the music industry for
giving such records "a platform."
She said: "There is something disturbing
about a record or video egging people on to behave outside
social parameters. I personally find them disgusting and don't
think we should give them a platform. If you are already
disturbed, listening to something particularly unpleasant could
give you the rationale that it is okay."