Yuri "Aggro" Santos (born 12 October 1988) is a Brazilian rapper who lives in Balham, London.
Santos was born in São Paulo and raised in Balham from age eight. He decided to become a musician after buying the Carlos Santana album Supernatural when he was eight.
Santos was discovered by Albert Samuel, the manager of So Solid Crew, and signed a management contract with ASM Damage Ltd. Having built an underground following, his material was shown to Take That's Gary Barlow and he was signed to Barlow's label Future Records in 2010.
Santos released his debut single "Candy", which features Kimberly Wyatt, was released on 2 May 2010 and was certified silver by the BPI. His second single "Saint or Sinner" was released on 22 August 2010 and his third, "Like U Like", (featuring Kimberly Walsh), was released on 14 January 2011. "Like U Like" marked the first solo record by Girls Aloud member Walsh, becoming the fourth member to release solo material away from the group. Santos's debut album AggroSantos.com was released on 31 January 2011, but it only earned a peak of #155.
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!:
In 2010, Santos participated in the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and was voted off the show on day 19, finishing in sixth place overall.
Urban Music Awards:
In 2010, Santos was nominated for an award at the Urban Music Awards.
On 9 September 2011, it was reported that Santos had been charged with two counts of rape. The first rape had allegedly taken place on 25 or 26 September 2010. The second attack allegedly took place on 7 May 2011 in Chichester, West Sussex. Santos and another man, 21-year-old Tyrelle Ritchie, were both charged on the same date in Chichester at Chichester Magistrates' Court on 19 September 2011. The 16-year-old alleged victim in the earlier Chichester case came forward upon hearing of the 2011 allegations against Santos, claiming he raped her in a hotel room after she rejected his advances. She said she "felt guilty" not reporting the rape upon hearing about the other charges.
Both Santos and Ritchie were given continued bail and ordered to re-appear at Chichester Crown Court on January 5, 2012. At this hearing, both were ordered to appear for trial on 13 August and until then were allowed out on conditional bail. Santos denied the two counts of rape; Tyrelle Ritchie denied one count of oral rape. At the trial, the Judge Claudia Ackner released the jury at Chichester Crown Court for legal reasons and released the pair on conditional bail.
On 3 May, the jury found Santos not guilty. He has since called for rape suspects to remain anonymous until found guilty, as the trial has "tarnished" his reputation even though he was innocent.