Woman Raped by Co-Worker Claims Janet Jackson’s Husband Fired Her After Incident

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Woman Raped by Co-Worker Claims Janet Jackson’s Husband Fired Her After Incident

Janet Jackson's husband, Wissam Al Mana, has come under fire for reportedly firing a worker of his who reported a rape in Dubai.

According to the BBC, Marte Deborah Dalelv, a Norwegian woman who was working as an interior designer for Al Mana Interiors, (where Jackson's husband serves as managing director), told the police that she was raped by a co-worker in March while on a business trip in Dubai.

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Per the BBC, when she first reported the incident, Dubai police arrested her and took away her passport. She was then sentenced to 16 months in prison while the man who allegedly raped her was sentenced to 13 months in prison -- reportedly for having extramarital sex, not for the actual rape. (Dubai legislation follows Sharia law, which is the moral code and religious law of Islam. According to Sharia law, Dalelv "participated in extramarital sex" -- which is a crime -- with her rapist, and the court convicted her for violating the law.)

The 24-year-old victim plans to appeal the sentence in September and the Norwegian Embassy was reportedly able to get her out of prison and instead into an aid compound in Dubai, but according to Dalelv, her nightmare doesn't end there.

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VG, a Norwegian newspaper, reports that three weeks after she reported the rape to police, she was told by her bosses that she was suspended from her job. Three weeks later, she says she received a termination letter, signed by Al Mana himself.

In the note via the newspaper, the "Rhythm Nation" singer's husband, 46, wrote that her employment has been "terminated for misconduct and breach of your employment duties, effective immediately."

But in a statement via Forbes, Al Mana's spokesman says that the billionaire has been "sympathetic" to Dalelv and denies any wrongdoing.

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"We are sympathetic to Marte Dalelv during this very difficult situation," the statement read. "Al Mana Interiors has repeatedly offered Marte support and company representatives were by her side throughout the initial investigation and police interviews, and spent days at both the police station and the prosecutor's office to help win her release."

"Company representatives have been supportive and in communication with Marte throughout her ordeal. Only when Ms. Dalelv declined to have positive and constructive discussions about her employment status, and ceased communication with her employer, was the company forced to end our relationship with her," it continued.

"The decision had nothing to do with the rape allegation, and unfortunately neither Ms. Dalelv nor her attorneys have chosen to contact the company to discuss her employment status."

Jackson married Al Mana in late 2012 after dating him since summer 2010.

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Woman Raped by Co-Worker Claims Janet Jackson’s Husband Fired Her After Incident