Jamaica Entertainment News, Montego Bay: Chairman and CEO of Reggae Sumfest, Josef Bogdanovich says the recent arrest of Popular Jamaica dancehall artist Capleton, will not create any form of negative impact on the show.
The Sumfest boss says, Capleton is a rated international artist who is loved by most reggae music lovers and he thinks his fans will still turn out to support him fully.
Bogdanovich who was speaking on Friday, May 18, at a Press Conference which was held at the Usain Bolt, Tracks and Records located along Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, related that no one can determine if Capleton is guilty of the act and so until then he fully supports the artist.
Reggae Sumfest will be held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay from July 15th to 22nd and the artist will perform on Saturday, July 21st.
On Friday, May 12, Capleton was arrested and charged with Rape and was granted bail when he appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court on Monday, May 14.
The popular dancehall artist whose real name is Clifton Bailey, 51-year-old of a Kingston 10 address was represented by Attorney-at-law Christopher Townsend who applied for bail instantly upon his appearance on Monday morning.
Parish Court Judge Vaughn Smith, issued bail to the entertainer with authorizing any bail condition. Bailey is booked to reappear in Court on June 14th.
Capleton is accused of sexually assaulting a female hairdresser about 11:30 a.m. on April 28, after he hired her to come to his hotel room in New Kingston to groom his hair.
It is further reported that, while in the process of grooming the entertainer’s hair, he allegedly turned on the hairdresser and forcefully held her down and allegedly raped her.
The matter was reported to the police who subsequently brought in a team from CISOCA. Following an investigation, the popular dancehall artist was taken into custody.
He was questioned in the presence of his lawyer on Friday afternoon and then slapped with rape charges.
By Henry Bucknor