Bushido’s Amazon documentary is shown as “proof”.

In the trial against Arafat Abou-Chaker and his brothers, Bushido has already testified as a witness (archive photo).

In the trial against Arafat Abou-Chaker and his brothers, Bushido has already testified as a witness (archive photo).Image: www.imago-images.de / Olaf Wagner

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01/19/2022, 5:48 p.m01/19/2022, 17:56

Leonard Laurig

The performance is prepared but not sold out. Some seats in the auditorium remain empty. Apparently not many have noticed that a film screening is to take place here today. Perhaps the wooden benches in Hall 500 of the Berlin Regional Court are just too uncomfortable. Popcorn and drinks are not allowed anyway. So there is no real cinema feeling.

The presiding judge Martin Mrosk makes an effort and has the room darkened. Arafat Abou-Chaker adjusts his chair to have a clear view of the screen. Ready to go.

That’s what the process is all about

According to the indictment, criminal offenses are said to have occurred after Bushido wanted to dissolve the business relationship in 2017. According to the indictment, Abou-Chaker did not want to accept this and demanded a million payment from Bushido as well as participation in his music business for 15 years. The rapper was threatened, insulted, locked up and injured. The brothers, aged 39, 42 and 49, are charged as accomplices or accomplices.

On November 26, 2021, the six-part documentary series “Uncensored – Bushido’s Truth” was released on Amazon Prime. The series had already attracted a lot of attention in advance. It provides a private insight into Bushido’s life, his music career, the Berlin underworld and, of course, the relationship with his former manager Arafat Abou-Chaker, the alleged leader of an extended family known to the police.

True crime legend between gangster image and family life

Pretty good cinematic stuff and not only for Bushido fans an attractive story in true crime style, in which Bushido is supposed to come across as the caring family man in sweatpants. The production was directed by the director duo Rossberg/Gregorski, close confidants and friends of Bushido. As the title suggests, the documentary shows “Bushido’s truth” – so it’s pretty one-sided.

Right at the beginning of the first episode, the word “pride” is at stake. Bushido decides what he’s proud of and what he’s not proud of. He mentions his children, his mother, his father, sits on the couch, opens a pink box and wistfully pulls out old photos. He shows a letter he wrote to his father when he was 18 and suppresses a tear.

Bushido’s rise to rap star is shown in fast forward. Most of the time, the series is devoted to the relationship with Arafat Abou-Chaker. The story is about a gag contract with the uncontrollable Arafat, about his outbursts of anger and his need for control. And finally about the conflict-ridden separation that made Bushido a new person. A person who is no longer the tough rapper from the street, but is looking forward to his children starting school.

And so “Uncensored” looks like a jointly cobbled together indulgence document in which Bushido is given a lot of freedom to tell the incidents that led to the process from his point of view – including imaginative insults against Arafat Abou-Chaker (“Neanderthal Spasti” is just one of them).

The fact that Arafat and three of his brothers have had to answer to these allegations in court for a year and a half parallel to the start of the series and that Bushido has appeared as a witness and joint plaintiff can be described as irrelevant or coincidental.

The dispute over the termination of the manager’s contract and the associated alleged criminal offenses against Bushido are now known to be negotiated in court; While the cinematic narrative Bushidos provides gratifying material and thus a spin for all subsequent considerations: The former gangster rapper as a reformed full-time dad.

Three episodes will be shown in the courtroom – to be continued

Those involved in the process could care less about this staging. But now, on the 57th day of the trial, both stories came together. The court became the cinema hall. In the program: the first three episodes of Bushido’s Amazon documentary. Or as it is called in legal German: The documentary series was introduced as “evidence for acoustic inspection”.

Apparently, the lawyers for the Abou-Chakers are hoping to uncover a contradiction in the documentary about Bushido’s testimony during the police interrogation. To make sure that everyone is on the same page, judge Mrosk announced – “I don’t want to spoil things, but …” – that he would also show the remaining three episodes if a witness were to fail. Then you can put the time to good use. That almost sounded like a promised reward.

The next possibility is on Wednesday, January 26th. Then the rappers Ali Bumaye and Fler should be invited as witnesses. But whether that will actually happen remains to be seen. Even Judge Mrosk was skeptical. Maybe one or the other will bring popcorn and drinks to be on the safe side.

All other articles on the Bushido process can be found here.