Sunday 15 September, 2019

Capleton granted bail in rape case

File photo of Capleton performing on stage.

File photo of Capleton performing on stage.

Dancehall star Capleton, who is accused of raping a hairdresser inside a New Kingston hotel room, was granted $250,000 bail when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday morning.

The popular entertainer, who appeared tired after spending the weekend in jail, was offered bail by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith following an application by his attorney, Christopher Townsend. He's to return to court on June 14.

There were no reporting conditions of his bail nor does he have to surrender his travel documents, but the judge warned the entertainer not to communicate with the complainant or her relatives.

Rastas support Capleton

Meanwhile, a large crowd - including Capleton's parents and Rastafarian community members - gathered outside the court room in support of the veteran entertainer.

The 51 year-old artiste, whose real name is Clifton Bailey, reportedly hired a female hairdresser to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28. It is alleged he forcibly had sexual intercourse with her. The hairdresser made a report to the police on May 2.

The police say later that day, Capleton went to the Half-Way-Tree Police Station and reported a case of extortion against the woman. He was arrested and charged after being interviewed in the presence of his attorney.

Capleton has denied those charges and insists that he is the victim of a sophisticated extortion attempt. 

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