Alex da Silva Update, September 2011:
Alex was Convicted of Rape on September 16, 2011 by a 12-Person jury trial.
He will serve the next 14 years in prison. He will be 60 years old when he gets out.
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The Story of Alex da Silva
By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!! Click here for German translation - compliments of Jochen from Berlin
|"My Side of the Story... "
- Salsa show in Hamburg, Germany
What if you went on a few dates with someone from a small town and after the third date, they asked to borrow several thousand dollars from you?
…they threaten to file rape charges against you if you refused to loan them the money?
…they followed through with rape charges against you without your knowledge?
…a couple years later, the exact same thing happened again with another person from the same small town as the first?
… news of unproven “rape charges” against you started spreading all over the internet like wildfire?
What would you do? What could you do? How can you stop the speed of Internet news?
Have you ever heard the saying, “No matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides to every story.” ?
This is the story that no one heard - that somehow never reached the world internet online waves. This is the story of what could happen to YOU. It could happen to ANYONE – especially if you are famous and in the limelight - in ANY business, not just entertainment.
This is the story of world famous choreographer / performer Alex da Silva. So far, what the entire world has been told is just one side of the story – especially online. What about the other side of the story? Why didn't the news agencies ever mention his side of the story? The internet and news agencies only told one side of the story – Alex the rapist. Two days later, all the charges were dropped and he went back to good ‘ole Alex – but did anyone neither care nor even dare talk about THAT?
Everyone loves dirty laundry. If the accused comes clean, the news drops the story faster than a bad habit. NOTHING is said, mentioned, nor reported… silence. Conversations stop and news agencies pretend it never happened. And what about the lingering stories all over the internet? They stay on the servers for weeks, months, and even years. Dropped charges, false accusations, and false imprisonment never accompany the initial stories told. Embellished ongoing accusations and rumors continue to spread online for years to come.
This is the story of Alex da Silva; World Famous
Choreographer, performer, and instructor. Alex was chosen to choreograph and
work with dancers and producers on the popular television show “So You Think
You Can Dance”. He is one of the most successful Salsa dancer /
performer in the
industry. His residence is surrounded by some of the most famous Hollywood movie
Why, why, WHY???
I found it interesting, that his bail was posted at 3.8 million dollars – higher than OJ Simpson's case. Why?
I found it interesting that ALL the charges were immediately dropped on his first and only court date – but that fact was never announced in the news, nor online… Why?
I found it interesting that Alex never paid a single cent of bail money – but that fact was never published online … Why?
That is why I was not surprised when all the charges were dropped and he was released with no fines nor charges.
“Edie, it was all about the money” he said.
Here is his story…
So Alex. What happened?
In 2003 I met this woman at the Mayan nightclub on a Saturday night. We danced a bit and she wanted to hang out for the rest of the weekend. She came over to my house at 10am, had breakfast, lunch, then we went dancing again, and then went to movies. She left my house at 3am. After that I left town, came back, and was too busy to call her. She started calling me but our conversations became strange. Then she asked for $20,000.
Naturally I refused to give her any money –Blackmail is in not an option! Two weeks later she accused me of rape. Of course I denied everything, and next an undercover detective began to inquire about my personal life. He came to all my classes, and monitored my house. After the accusations were dropped, we had a talk and he warned me about who I get involved with. If you are in the limelight, there are a lot of women out there that will definitely try to get money from you in any way possible.
I can't account for 2004 and 2005. Those accusations turned out to be false as well.
Six years later in 2009, I met another person from the same small town on the island, (possibly a friend of the first). We met at the Edge dance studio and later met at the Mayan, and we had consensual sex on three separate occasions. Then on my birthday, she asked to borrow $5000 . I told her that “...we do not have that kind of relationship.” On Saturday, which is the day after my birthday, she came to my class. I made an announcement that it was my birthday all weekend and that I will be performing a Salsa show that night at the Hollywood Park Casino. She told me she wanted to come over and “be my birthday present.”
She came over and started acting really strange. So on this day all these things began to accumulate; like "Can I borrow $5000?".... She asked who I was seeing and finally after saying she was my birthday present, she changed her mind and we did not do what we usually do, if you know what I mean. So that was the end of our liaison. Then she accused me of raping her. I am so lucky we did not have sex that day. She thought I would settle out of court like basket ball player Cobey Bryant did.
When I was in jail over the weekend, my bail was set at 3.8 million dollars - higher than all 30 guys put together with me in that cell. It was a bail set higher than Michael Jackson’s bail. The police never took my passport, my driver’s license - nothing. I was in jail for only three days.
I was arrested on Saturday and I was out on Tuesday. The same day as my court date. I did not even see the judge due to insufficient evidence.
So what is the status of your case now?
There is no case..
People are concerned about the charges if you raping a "minor"... can you explain that?
There was never charge of a rape of a minor – at all. Someone that didn't like me must have started that rumor. This story was not in any of the news nor newspapers. There are a lot of haters in this world. There are people who like me, and hate me. Once the hater’s fire starts, it’s copycat all over the internet – the rumors just seem to spread and get worse.
One of the girls that accused me of rape sent me a text message just a few days ago, "Alex, how are you? I hope everything is going well with you." I saved it and informed my attorney.. Would you send your “rapist” a pleasant text message?
Did you know these women for many years prior to their accusations?
Not at all. I just met them, one asked me to show them around LA since it was her first time to the city. The other came and took my class.
Why do you think women pry on you like this?
I meet a lot of women, but I never thought this would happen to me.
I only see this kind of stuff in movies. Once I was arrested, I kept thinking, “Wow this is not happening... how am I in here with all these real criminals?”
A lot of women will say good things about me. There are a lot of haters in the Salsa scene. Most of the haters are men. After I did the show "Mr. Smooth", every guy wanted to be me, or hated me even more.
How has this affected your relationship with your dance partner Alien?
It brought us even closer together because she knows what kind of person I am.
For two months prior to my nightmare, we had a rocky time
in our relationship so we took a break. During all the madness I told her
everything. She loves me even more for opening up and telling her the
truth. What happened to me could have happened to anyone. I was the one with
Are you going to change the way you approach students/women/ etc?
Yes. I think I will exercise more caution and qualify the people I teach. I still would like to offer privacy to my students. This is the best way to teach one on one. I will scrutinize my new students in the future. I can't change my whole life because of two bad apples.
I know the truth, and I don't even know who the others are, it's all a bunch of lies, and people just want to bring me down. If something like that really happened, then they should have gone to the police that night, or the same day, but it was never that way. I have too much to lose. I don't need that type of thing in my life. Edie, you see me all over the world, you see how people react to men like us. I'm not bad looking, I'm definitely not desperate, and when you're a high-profile person, the news and EVERYONE will know about it.
To what extent has this damaged your career? Have you been asked to leave the So you Think You Can Dance show?
I spoke to the producers of the show. They like me and will be hiring me back if not this year, then the next.
It's about the Fox network. To work for them is very difficult. Yes, my name is tarnished, but I will clear my name again. The truth will come out.
What do you plan on doing to reverse the damages, if they can be?
We are taking steps, but all that is under wraps at the moment. My head is up, and I will never look down nor look behind. I will always keep moving and looking forward because I know the truth in my heart. Some of the women who tried to accuse me of this know the truth as well.
What have you learned about your friends in this business?
In times like these, you really know who your friends are. I had a lot of support from people whom I thought were my enemies. They came up to me and told me they were glad to see me. I didn't know what to expect. When you go to online web forums, you don't know who wrote what. When I shake someone's hand I always look into their eyes, and see if they are genuine. When they aren’t, those are the ones you have to worry about. The internet is explosive, within a matter of seconds information flies all over the world. Good or bad. When it’s bad, it’s magnified one hundred times worse than it really is.
If you had a chance to un-do the past, what would you have done differently?
I will never get involved with people like that again.
What did you learn from this? What has this taught you?
I have to think twice about trusting people in life. I found out who my friends are from all of this. I wouldn't have wished this on my worst enemy. This was the real deal. I was in there with real criminals, and I was innocent.
What are some of your goals for the future?
I'm a dancer, and I love to dance, and I am never going to stop dancing. My new Salsa show with my dance partner and others will be a satire of the situation that happened to me. Once you see the story on stage, it will it make you think, and blow your mind.
Alex's website; www.AlexDaSilva.com