*A top Jamaican police official has denied reports that reggae star Vybz Kartel has escaped from prison.
The 35-year-old rapper, real name Adijah Palmer, was taken into custody on a drug charge in September and he was subsequently slapped with two counts of murder relating to two separate incidents in Jamaica over the summer.
Local reports surfaced online Tuesday suggesting the dancehall star had broken out of his jail cell along with seven other inmates after holding guards hostage and stealing their uniforms. The alleged escape was rumored to have left one prison guard dead and 12 others injured.
But the country’s Assistant Police Commissioner, Les Green, has dismissed the claims.
“I know nothing about that,” Green tells the Jamaica Observer. “If that had taken place I would certainly have known.”
Vybz Kartel, who is also facing charges of conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm, is being held without bail.