Reggae Dancehall artiste Busy Signal said he was unaware of a debt that resulted in him being arrested in Trinidad and Tobago, on Saturday night.
The singjay (given name is Reanno Gordon) was arrested at his hotel shortly before he was slated to perform at Together As One concert after after failing to repay over US$37,088 due to a promoter from 2013.
The entertainer was hauled before the Port-of-Spain High Court following an emergency hearing with Justice Rahim, who issued the warrant for Busy Signal’s arrest.
In a statement issued by the singjay’s management team, Turf Music Entertainment, Galey Gordon said that the business agreement was made by the entertainer’s former management, Jukeboxx Productions.
“The advance payment of US$37,088 was not disclosed to us [Turf Music Entertainment] by former management, who entered in to business affairs on Busy’s behalf. We had no material knowledge whatsoever of this apparent infraction. If we had, we would have acted to resolve the issue prior to coming to Trinidad,” stated Gordon.
“Turf Music Entertainment is currently requesting a copy of the original agreement between Jukeboxx Productions and Peppers Entertainment as well as transaction records between both parties regarding the event,” he continued.
The entertainer was released after he entered into a consent order to pay US$15,000. The balance is to be paid in the next 30 days. Busy Signal was represented by attorney Fareed Ali.
He later left the court and performed to an eager crowd at Queen’s Park, closing the show.