Wednesday 16 January, 2019

Capleton pleads his innocence with emotional social media post



Embattled dancehall star Capleton took to social media Monday evening to refute allegations that he raped a woman.

 In a lengthy Instagram post after being released on bail, Capleton told fans: “I vehemently deny all accusations of sexual misconduct and do not condone crime or violence against women or anyone.”

He maintained his defence that he’s the “target of an extortion scheme”, adding that he and his lawyers have “presented evidence to the authorities to fight this false accusation.”

Capleton said, as a father to daughters, he understands his responsibility to be a role model and “would never do anything to hurt anyone or jeopardize my career.”

The entertainer added, “I always advocate for women’s rights and empowerment thru my music, company employees and charity endeavors.”

He noted that his annual “A St Mary Mi Come From” gives back to institutions that are operated by “remarkable women that I respect and will continue to support.

“I have faith in JAH that justice will prevail and give thanks for all your support,” he told fans.

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.

He was granted bail in the sum of $250,000 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday.

A number of entertainers including reggae singers Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica went to court to show their support for the man they affectionately call ‘King Shango’.

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