Sunday 31 May, 2020

Damian Marley verbally abused by Kenyan journalist

At left is a screenshot of the video Chiko Lawi (foreground) shared on social media. Damian Marley, who is pictured right, is partially visible in the shot.

At left is a screenshot of the video Chiko Lawi (foreground) shared on social media. Damian Marley, who is pictured right, is partially visible in the shot.

A Kenyan journalist went on an expletive-laden tirade against Damian Marley on Monday after the reggae singer refused his request to take a selfie with him.

Marley had just arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for a performance, and was making his way through the terminus, when journalist Chiko Lawi of Capital FM approached him with the request. 

After being turned down, Lawi hurled expletive-laded insults at Marley, while videotaping the ordeal.

"So Damian doesn't talk to people... F@## this guy! F@## Damian Marley," Lawi said.

Clearly angered, Marley demanded that Lawi stop videotaping him, but the journalist refused and continued to shout insults at the singer, whose handlers had by this time formed a human shield around him.

"F#@@ this reggae man! Why are you hiding?... grow some balls; this is my home!" Lawi shouted.

The behaviour of Lawi, who uploaded the video of the incident to social media, has been widely condemned in Kenya.

Marley is set to perform in the African country on Wednesday as part of a world tour.

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