Global music star Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – who is ambassador of King Charles’ anti-violence charity – is filmed in shocking video hitting bandmate and dragging him by his hair in brutal hotel attack
- Pakistani folk singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is filmed attacking a backing singer
- He is an ambassador for the British Asian Trust which tackles domestic violence
A global music star who is an ambassador for an anti-violence charity founded by King Charles has been filmed slapping and assaulting a band member.
The shocking footage shows Pakistani folk singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – an ambassador for the King’s British Asian Trust which tackles domestic violence – attacking a backing singer on a US tour.
Khan, 49, who has eight million followers on social media, rained blows on the man with a slipper and dragged him around by his hair during the brutal attack at a hotel in Houston, Texas, last year. Last night he admitted the assault and said: ‘He was my student and I hit him. He has no objection.’
The video, sent to The Mail on Sunday, will send shockwaves across the Indian subcontinent and Britain’s Asian community and embarrass the British Asian Trust, which helps victims of domestic violence and runs mental health initiatives across India and Pakistan.
Pakistani folk singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – an ambassador for the King’s British Asian Trust which tackles domestic violence – attacked a backing singer on a US tour
Khan (left) and King Charles at the British Asian Trust 4th Annual Dinner at Guildhall in London on February 10, 2017
Khan has performed to packed arenas in the UK and around the world. At a sold-out show at Wembley, he was joined on stage by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who called him ‘brother’.
Khan met the king several times as ambassador to the British Asian Trust. It was founded by Charles in 2007 to tackle poverty and build community relationships. Khan’s vocals were used in Mel Gibson’s 2007 film Apocalypto and he contributed to the soundtrack of 1995 film Dead Man Walking. He made his Hollywood film debut in What’s Love Got To Do With It?, starring Lily James, in 2022. The film was directed by his girlfriend Jemima Khan, ex-wife of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Last week, three videos were sent to this newspaper of Khan beating his bandmate. In one 22-second clip, the casually dressed Khan is seen arguing with the man in a green T-shirt, shouting at him: ‘Where’s my bottle? I’m going to hit you. Have you seen my bottle?’
The man (32), who we will not name, looks scared. A longer 36-second clip shows the man crouching as Khan hits him with what appears to be a slipper. He then hits the man on the face and head and screams: ‘Where’s my bottle?’
Khan met the king several times as ambassador to the British Asian Trust. It was founded by Charles in 2007 to tackle poverty and build community relationships.
In the clip, Khan is seen arguing with the man in a green T-shirt, shouting at him: ‘Where’s my bottle? I’m going to hit you. Have you seen my bottle?’
The man (32), who we will not name, looks scared. The clip showed the man crouching as Khan hit him with what appeared to be a slipper
The victim meekly replied: ‘I didn’t have it, sir. Which bottle?’
Members of Khan’s entourage stood and watched. However, the third video shows three bandmates trying to pull Khan away as the men wrestle on the floor.
A source familiar with the incident said the argument may have been over a bottle of booze.
But last night Khan denied this, saying his bandmate had lost a bottle of ‘spiritual water’ given to him by a holy man. He said: ‘He was my student and I beat him. He lost my special bottle of water, he was responsible for it, he accepted it.
‘And he has no objection to me hitting him. No one objected if I punished my student for losing my spiritual bottle of water. He even asked me for forgiveness.’ In Pakistan, the British Asian Trust says it has trained 160 teachers to spot mental health issues in students.
Khan is considered the greatest living singer of a musical genre known in Pakistan called Qawwali, which has its origins in the poetry and music of Islamic mystics known as Sufis.
British Asian Trust said: ‘We take all allegations of abuse seriously and we will investigate them urgently.’