*Jailed dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been ordered to pay a $15 million fine to settle a 2009 dispute after he failed to show up for a scheduled concert.
The Jamaican rapper, real name Adidja Palmer, was booked for a concert in the Turks and Caicos Islands in, but he didn’t turn up to the venue, prompting the crowd to start rioting.
Promoter Alton Salmon filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the star, claiming he had taken a financial hit as a result of Kartel’s no-show, while his reputation had also been damaged.
A Supreme Court judge awarded Salmon $127,736 to cover the loss of profit and demanded Kartel hand over $15 million in damages.
The singer is currently behind bars on two murder charges relating to two separate incidents in Jamaica over the summer. He was granted bail for $3 million earlier this month, but has yet to post the money.
*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.
Vybz Kartel, with bleached skin
*A judge in Jamaica has rejected a bail application by bleached reggae artist Vybz Kartel in the slaying of a 27-year-old music promoter who was gunned down on a street corner in July.
Resident Magistrate Opal Smith has not given a reason for refusing bail, reports the AP.
Kartel, 35, has also been charged in an August slaying. Assistant Police Commissioner Ealan Powell has said the dancehall star is being investigated in connection with “a number of murders, shootings and gunrunning.”
*Here we go again.
Vybz Kartel, one of Jamaica’s most popular DJs is now being charged for his second murder.
According to police, the 35-year-old dancehall star was charged with the killing of a Jamaican nicknamed “Lizard.” But it’s not his first offense.
Kartel was accused of conspiring to kill a music promoter who was gunned down on a street corner.
Assistant Police Commissioner Ealan Powell told the media that Kartel is being investigated “in connection with a number of murders, shootings and gunrunning.”
Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel...before and after bleaching his skin for a new look
*There are people all over the planet that have issues with their skin color.
White people are always at the tanning booth, but then there is the inverse … black folks who are interested in being much lighter.
What’s going on with the hue in the world? Now a dancehall dude, Vybz Kartel, bleaches himself to Michael Jackson white and figures he should make some money off the people who think like him. (more…)
*Someone wasn’t happy when criticism about his skin lightening treatments began to flare. Vybz Kartel sent a pretty heated message over to VIBE the other day, telling all the haters to basically go to hell.
“I’m my own man, and as such I do my own thing. When black women stop straightening their hair and wearing wigs and weaves, when white women stop getting lip and butt injections and implants, when bald men stop getting hair transplants, and when people stop getting nose jobs and cosmetic surgery then I’ll stop using the ‘cakesoap’ and we’ll all live naturally ever after. Until then F**k you all.”