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Eminem lyrics are blamed for sex attack
By Nigel Bunyan
(Filed: 29/08/2002)

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 sick."

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."

2 June 2001: Obsessive Eminem fan beat girlfriend with bicycle chain
24 January 2001: Rapper's lyrics linked to fan's suicide

External links  
Eminem lyrics - Eminem World
Eminem [official site]