I went into hiding when it was reported I slept with dogs — Actress, Cossy Orjiakor opens up

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Cossy Orjiakor, the popular actress, has said she had to leave town when, about two decades ago, a journalist reported that she slept with dogs.

Recall that Orjiakor had recently called out the police for not taking any action when her own case was reported and made public, but acting with dispatch when a lady claimed on social media that she had slept with a dog, commonly referred to as ‘man’s best friend’.

Asked if there was any ‘smoke’ to the ‘fire’ in the allegations, Orjiakor told Saturday Beats, “The pictures that went viral were actually taken on the set of a movie she was acting in at the time. It was a make-believe thing. Besides, there were a lot of people around (on the set), including the director and his wife. I don’t know if he (the journalist) was just trying to promote the movie, because actually, I knew him in person.

“He was dating a friend of mine and she even tried to intervene. He just put the story on the cover of the newspaper. It was so bad that even churches used me to preach. I was looked down on. Everybody was scared that period because they thought I had HIV/AIDS. The journalist actually included it in his report that I had contracted the disease. I had to run away for my safety. But, even when I ran away, they contacted my father and told him that I acted in a pornographic movie. It was so bad.”

On if she ever sought any form of redress from the journalist, the actress said, “I only went to the police station to report the matter because I knew it was a criminal offence. Back then, I was not the kind of person that could afford a lawyer because I was poor. I think I was 21 years old at the time. I was very young and there was nothing that I could do, except report the case to the police station. But, the police did not come out to say anything. It seemed like nobody cared. They were just happy that somebody was been dragged in the mud. However, a girl claimed that she slept with a dog on social media, and the police rushed into action and arrested her. I don’t even know if I can still get justice.”

The actress, however, opined that any lady found to sleep with dogs should be dealt with in accordance with the law.