Two years ago, the Brussels choreography Jennifer Bonsenge was world famously invited to dance in The Ellen Degeneres show. Now she shares a photo of her swollen eye and face after she became a victim of intimate partner violence. The public prosecutor and police confirm that an investigation is underway.
Arthur De Meyer
The choreographer went viral more than two years ago with a dance video she made with her then 9-year-old student Anae. applied shows how they dance together in different places in Brussels. The video caught the attention of talk show host Ellen Degeneres, who promptly flew the duo over to dance on her program. After her passage across the pond, Bonsenge set up a dance school and charity project for underprivileged children. She also grew into an influencer. With her 1.3 million followers on Instagram, she shared nothing but positivity, until the beginning of this week.
Then she shared a photo of her face with a swollen eye. In the case of registrations, they have been victims of domestic violence for some time. “The blow I got is the last one,” she writes. “To all the women who are in this situation, leave. Do not wait for the fatal blow.” Her (ex-)partner Bryan Bule Lumbala, Doctor Ideology on Instagram, denying the facts but could not be reached for further comment. Bonsenge also wishes to elaborate on the non-facts. “I’m going to solve this with the courts,” it sounds.
“We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing,” says Brussels public prosecutor Stefan Vandevelde. “An official report was drawn up after the intervention of the police services. Since it concerns facts of domestic violence, we will not communicate further about this.”
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