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Reggae Artiste Capleton has been granted bail in the sum of $250,000 after been arrested and Charged for r@pe on Friday May 11.
Capleton, whose real name is Clifton Bailey made his first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning May 14, four days after the 51-year-old was charged by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).
Parish Judge Vaughn Smith ordered Capleton not to have any contact with the complainant. The entertainer was also ordered to submit his fingerprints to the police. However, the judge turned down a request by the clerk of court, Hansurd Lawson, for the entertainer to surrender his travel documents as part of his bail conditions.
Lawson made the request after Capleton’s attorney, Christopher Townsend, indicated to the court that his client has a number of overseas shows from May 25 to June 27. According to the clerk of court, Capleton’ s bail conditions can be varied to allow him to travel for each slated performance.
Smith, after hearing the submissions, said he would not order that Capleton submit his travel documents but warned that he may do so if the entertainer misses one court date there were no reporting conditions of his bail. Capleton is to return to court on June 14.
Meanwhile, a large crowd – including Capleton’s parents and Rastafarian community members – gathered outside the court room in support of the veteran entertainer.
Capleton reportedly hired a female hairdresser to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28. It is alleged that he forcibly had sexu@l interc0urse with her. The hairdresser made a report to the police on May 2.
The police say later that day, Capleton went to the Half-Way-Tree Police Station and reported a case of extortion against the woman. He was arrested and charged after being interviewed in the presence of his attorney.
Capleton has denied those charges and insists that he is the victim of a sophisticated extortion attempt.
Several of dancehall star Capleton’s entertainment industry friends turned up at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday morning to show him support as he battles the rape charge. Among the notable entertainers who showed support were reggae singers Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica and Anthony Cruz.
“I am here because ‘King Shango’ (Capleton’s nickname) has been a friend of mine for years. We came out here to support the person who we know as ‘King Shango’,” Ifrica said outside the court, after Capleton was offered bail “We wait like anyone else for the outcome, Ifrica added.
Tony Rebel said he was pleased that Capleton was offered bail and he did not have to surrender his travel documents. I don’t think he has been in the courts before so it’s only right that he’s granted bail,” Rebel said.
He also encouraged his fellow entertainers to be vigilant “because sometimes you don’t have to get into trouble, trouble will get into you.”