Dancehall entertainer Elephant Man was, this morning, freed of rape charges after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

The entertainer, whose given name is Oneil Bryan, appeared in the Home Circuit Court on charges of rape, buggery and grievous sexual assault.

However, the prosecution said they could offer no evidence against Bryan because the complainant has died and was buried on January 17.

They said under the Evidence Amendment Act, they would not be allowed to submit the complainant’s written statement.

Justice Marcia Dunbar Green then instructed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.

The police said the charges against Bryan stemmed from an incident at his St. Andrew home in January 2012.

Investigators say a woman filed a police report claiming that the artiste had sexually assaulted her.

Bryan was represented today by attorney Jacqueline Asher who appeared on behalf of attorney Linda Wright.