Dutch king defends meeting sex offender rapper saying he ‘deserves a second chance’

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima take a selfie with rappers Frenna (right) and Rotjoch at Patch Recording Studios in Atlanta
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima take a selfie with rappers Frenna (right) and Rotjoch at Patch Recording Studios - Hollandse Hoogte/Shutterstock

The King and Queen of the Netherlands have defended themselves after meeting a rapper who was convicted of sex with an underage girl.

The royal couple, who posed for pictures with Frenna, a Dutch hip hop star, said they did not know about his criminal past but told the press he deserved a second chance.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were on a trip to the US when they met Frenna at a recording studio in Atlanta. The visit was to help Dutch artists get access to the lucrative US hip hop market.

In the final press conference on their trip, Willem-Alexander was asked about the child sex conviction, which he said he was unaware of.

“But that said: everyone in the Netherlands who has been convicted and served their sentence deserves a second chance. That is how our legal system works,” he said in New York.

The king added “This behaviour that he has shown is not acceptable. But he has shown remorse, he has served his sentence and he deserves a second chance.”

“And we don’t do cancel culture about that,” the king said.

‘I really hope he has learned’

Queen Maxima said: “He served his sentence, he learned from it.”

“I really hope he has learned,” she added. “And I really hope that he can pass that on to other people as well.”

Frenna, now 32, was arrested in 2016 in the former Dutch colony of Suriname in South America with the artists KM and Priceless.

They had had sex with an underage girl a year earlier and shared a video of it.

Frenna, who can be seen laughing and joking with the king and queen in the pictures taken at the studio, was 24 years old at the time.

He spent two and half months in custody before being convicted of underage sex and distributing images of it.

The rapper from the Hague did not have to return to prison because of time served waiting for the trial. After his release, he returned to the Netherlands.

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