'So You Think You Can Dance' choreographer accused of rape

Alex Da Silva, a Brazilian-born salsa dancer who has choreographed several numbers for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, was taken into police custody in L.A. Saturday for allegedly sexually assaulting four of his female students. The charge stems from four separate incidents: The choreographer was accused of sexual assault in 2003, 2004 and 2005, but prosecutors at the time opted not to file charges. But on March 28, police re-examined the previous accusations after another woman accused Da Silva of luring her into his home and raping her. ("These four women don’t know each other at all, yet their reports read basically the same," said one of the detectives on the case.) Da Silva is currently being held on $3.8 million bail, and will appear in court Tuesday.


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  • Lulu

    It took 6 years to get something on this low life? He’s a disgusting pig. Say goodbye to your career and hello to jail where you will be the cutest one there.

  • Cleetus

    I’m sure he’ll find a dance partner in prison.

    • Andrei

      Thanks, Bloodyscot. Didn’t know that, and is elniedtvy an integral part of this whole thing. You know what they say: Follow the money (if you really want to know what is going on).

  • BSF

    i am extremely shocked. i hv been a fan of his work since he started on sytycd. he does not seem like a predator to me. i hope somehow these girls are lying, but i dont see how 4 of them could be. :(

  • Sara

    Why did four women have to get raped before the justice system decided to do something about this guy?

  • harvey

    It’s about time the truth be known about Alex Da Silva. He has had a reputation of being a rapist for years in the Salsa scene. No surprise. Only now the public is finding out. May justice finally be served and may any unknown victims please come forward. He will be put where he really deserves to be.

  • Carrie

    He always struck me as an arrogant creep on the show. I never liked him, but this is really disturbing. If he’s guilty, he should have been locked up a long time ago.

  • Ben Dover

    Hope he enjoys dancing with his new boyfriends.

  • Rose

    I am a big fan of sytycd and it makes me sad no one has done anything aabout this sooner innocent girls had to get hurt not once, twice but three time that we know of before something was done about this guy. It makes me mad we wait so long to do something about sexual abuse i am glad he is in jail hopefully for good

  • Heather

    I am disturbed that the sytycd people would have this guy working closely with young impressionable dancers on the show when he had previously been accused of rape 3 times. That is risky and irresponsible.

  • Michelle

    Here’s the deal. I am a fan of his work . If he is guilty, burn him at the stake but just because he is accused doesn’t mean he committed any crime. I don’t blame sytycd for employing him because in the past there were just allegations and no charges were filed. Of course, now that this public, he’ll ever be back on the show because with or without evidence guilty or not, his reputation will be forever tainted. From now or everyone will always say what if…. Or if he didn’t do that what bad things did he do?

  • samuca

    SO…
    In 2003 someone accuses him of rape and the prosecution does not press charges; Then again in 2004 and 2005; now, 4 years later, they decide that those 3 previous cases have merit because a fourth woman went to his home of her own free will, then went into his bedroom also by her free will, had sex (or not, who knows) and now yells ‘rape’?
    Looks like a set-up to me.
    What we have here is either very sloppy police work on the previous cases or a very smart blackmailer and gold-digger now.
    The guy has worked with thousands of students for ages, and suddenly people are telling (only now) that he has been known as a rapist all along? and the Police did not know that in 2003, 2004 and 2005?
    I smell a big fat rat.

  • A-Go Go

    Does Da Silva live in a cavernous complex with coed showers, wood paneling and a mind erasing chair? If so he should sue Joss Whedon for stealing his Dollhouse idea.

  • gLo

    I have known him for years and know that he could have any girl he wanted. I am shocked that he is being accused of being a rapist. May God serve the justice he deserves.

    • Shubham

      Me too I am done; after James was voted out and this guy sluhod have been at least in the final, I don’t understand ..nothing against the last 3 contestants but this was just not fair for James .

  • decima

    what a waste of talent.

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