Capleton is now a free man at least for now.
King Shango was released from jail on Monday on a $250,000 bail. The reggae icon spoke with reporters outside the Half Way Tree police station. Capleton was in court for his first hearing since being charged with rape last Friday. The deejay thanks his fans for their overwhelming support over the weekend while he was behind bars. Fans from all over the world have been sending positive messages to the “Slew Dem” deejay since his arrest.
“We just want tell the fans to be strong you know what I mean,” Capleton said. “I am in good spirit and injustice is going to always be a part of thing you know what I mean. But as we say we are confident in the victory of good over evil… and this won’t let Capleton get evil I will continue to do good, blessed.”
Capleton, born Clifton Bailey, next court date is June 14th when he will learn more about the case whether or not it will go forward. Over the weekend, his lawyer Christopher Townsend chided the police department for not thoroughly investigating the allegation before pressing charges and putting the artist behind bars.
Capleton says he has evidence proving that his alleged rape victim is lying to police about what took place on April 28.
The dancehall icon issued a statement on Instagram vehemently denying that he raped the female victim. “I vehemently deny all accusations of sexual misconduct and do not condone crime or violence against women or anyone,” Capleton said. “I’m the target of an extortion scheme and my lawyers and I presented evidence to the authorities to fight this false accusation.”
“I’m an entertainer for 30+ years, blessed with a career and opportunity to tour the world, promote reggae music, help people and serve as a positive role model,” he added. “I’m also a father with daughters that understand the responsibility of a role model and would never do anything to hurt anyone or jeopardize my career.”
“I always advocate for women’s rights and empowerment through my music, company employees and charity endeavors,” Capleton said in his lengthy statement. “‘A St Mary Mi Come From’ serves as a platform for new artist to showcase their talent and gives back to hospitals, schools, community centers, youth clubs, police associations for the past 13 years. Some of these institutions are operated by remarkable women, that I respect and will continue to support. I have faith in JAH that justice will prevail and give thanks for all your support.”