Jamaican reggae dancehall artist Busy Signal, who spent time in a US jail in 2012 on drug-related charges, was arrested in Port of Spain, Trinidad, earlier tonight under the Absconding Debtors Act.
Busy Signal was arrested by the local cops around 8pm at his hotel and promptly hauled before the High Court in Trinidad before Judge Rahim. He was in the island to perform at TAO but apparently owed another promoter $37,000 USD for a previous engagement in May 2013. Peppers Entertainment, the promoters of that event, claim Signal didn’t fulfill his promise to perform at a later date after the show was postponed nor did he return the money.
Peppers Entertainment, however, were determined the show would not go ahead until he got his money back and Judge Rahim agreed. Signal was ordered to pay $15,000 immediately and the balance within 30 days. He was subsequently released, it is unclear if he will be allowed to leave Trinidad before the balance of debt is paid. 18 Karat Reggae will bring you more of this breaking story.