If it was not for the fact that Mavado’s son got charged for murder only days after Mavado himself was shot at, Vybz Kartel’s appeal case for his murder conviction was heard by the court and Buju Banton was released from an American prison after serving 10 years on drug charges; Capleton would have had the biggest news year of 2018 for any reggae star.
As it was, the prophet was big in the news but not nearly as big as the abovementioned artists.
In May of 2018, Capleton whose real name is Clifton Bailey was arrested and charged with rape, a charge which the Rasta artist vehemently denies.
According to information from the Jamaican police Corporate Communications Unit, Capleton hired a hairdresser to groom his hair at a hotel in New Kingston on April 28, and it is alleged he forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.
The hairdresser reported her allegations to the police on May 2. Later that same day, Capleton also reported a case of extortion against the woman to the police. While at the station filing his report he was arrested and charged after being interviewed in the presence of his attorney.
Three days later, Capleton appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court before magistrate Vaughn Smith and was granted bail in the sum of $250,000. A request by Clerk of Court Hansurd Lawson for the entertainer to surrender his travel documents was denied considering his overseas commitments.
The case is still in front of the court and a trial date is expected to be set for some time in 2019. So as it stands, Capleton could be in for the biggest news year in reggae for 2019. Of course the prophet will have to compete with the result of the Kartel appeal, Munga Honorebel court case on murder charges and most likely Mavado’s son facing murder charges in court also.