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Corey Todd rules out Kartel reunion

Any lingering hope of a revival regarding the Street Vybz Rum brand has been extinguished as American businessman, Corey Todd will not rejoin forces with the product’s centerpiece.

Earlier this month, reports emerged that people close to the camp of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel reached out to Todd, proposing a reunion between the two ex-business partners for the sake of the Street Vybz brand. Speculation grew once reports of Kartel’s financial problems surfaced, including a JA$15 million bill owed to a Turks and Caicos promoter, over JA$11 million in back taxes and impending legal fees that would arise should his current murder cases go to trial.

According to online magazine, Urban Islandz, Corey Todd has no interest in teaming up with Kartel once more.

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Vybz Kartel denied bail again, will miss STING 2011

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will certainly miss the upcoming STING 2011 stage show after the deejay was denied bail in one of his murder cases.

Kartel, along with Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa “Gaza Slim” Saddler were remanded into police custody until January 9, 2011 during a hearing in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Monday. Both artistes are jointly charged with conspiracy to pervert the court of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder case.

This means that Kartel will miss the 28th edition of STING 2011, scheduled to take place on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine. Both artistes will remain behind bars during the holidays up until two days after Kartel’s 36th birthday (January 7).

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Vybz Kartel hit with two new charges in murder case

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, now faces two additional charges in one of his murder cases.

On Wednesday morning, the prominent entertainer was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice regarding the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder case. Kartel’s Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa Saddler, otherwise known as Gaza Slim, also stands charged with the same offences.

Law enforcement officials insist that they possess a cellular phone containing a text message in which Vybz Kartel allegedly ordered Gaza Slim to concoct a robbery story in an attempt to aid his legal defense. On October 29, Gaza Slim issued a police report at the Constant Spring Police station; claiming that Williams, the man Kartel’s accused of killing, robbed and gun-butted her during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. The police report was filed five days after police charged Kartel in Williams’ murder.

Gaza Slim was formally charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice on Friday and will remain in custody until at least December 19, her next scheduled court appearance. Additionally, Kartel’s expected to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on that dat.

Kartel, Gaza Slim, fellow Portmore Empire member, Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Cayro Jones and Calvin Haye aka Moonie are jointly charged in the Williams case. Furthermore, reports indicate that a sixth person will face charges in the case.

Meanwhile, Kartel faces another court appearance later this month regarding his other murder case in which he and three other men allegedly shot and killed, Barrington “Bossie” Burton, a St. Catherine businessman/promoter this past July.



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Vybz Kartel made to wait on bail decision

Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, will have to wait a few more weeks before finding out if he’ll receive bail in his other murder case.

Kartel was granted bail in the sum of JA$3 million on Thursday in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based businessman/promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton this past July. Despite the good news, Kartel could not post bail due to the fact his other murder case, where he’s accused of killing St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive “Lizard” Williams was still pending. A hearing took place on Friday at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court where a bail application in the Williams matter would reportedly be presented.

However, during Friday’s hearing, it was revealed that no bail application for Vybz Kartel was made given that documents that should have been served to the deejay’s defense team weren’t made available.

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Kartel granted bail but remains in jail

World-renowned Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has been granted bail regarding to one of his murder charges.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner, The embattled entertainer was offered bail in the sum of JA$3 million by Supreme Court judge, Justice Bertram Morrison, in relation to the murder of St. Catherine businessman, Barrington “Bossie” Burton in July. This resulted from a successful bail application made in chambers by his defense lawyers, Tom Tavares-Finson and Chris Tavares-Finson.

As a condition of his bail, Kartel must report daily to the Constant Spring Police Station, where his cases were originally brought forward.

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Vybz Kartel jail break story a hoax, blogger responsible blames media

The ongoing media circus surrounding the murder cases of embattled Dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel reached new heights on Wednesday after reports of his escaping prison turned out to be a hoax.

A blog post on the popular Dancehall website, www.hypelife.com reported that Kartel, along with seven other inmates made a jail break from the New Horizon Adult Remand Centre shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Allegedly, the men stole uniforms and a vehicle from Correctional Services Department prior to their departure.

However, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green was quick to dispel the story; suggesting that he would have been one of the first to know should a situation like that occur. Additionally, law enforcement officials at the Denham Town Police station, the closest station to the remand centre, believe that the hoax was an attempt by loyalists of Kartel to help him maintain relevance as a newsworthy figure.

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Vybz Kartel remanded once more, faces two new court dates

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will have to wait until at least the week prior to Christmas for his next hearing.

Kartel, who faces two murder-related and one drug-related charge issued following his September 29 arrest, was remanded into police custody following a hearing in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning. The presiding magistrate in the matter denied Kartel bail; ordering the Portmore Empire deejay to return to court on December 21 when documents pertaining to one of his murder cases will be served to his defense lawyers.

Additionally, Kartel was handed a February 3, 2012 court date where when a preliminary enquiry relating to the murder of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton will be given to Kartel defense team.

Kartel, along with two other men, is accused of shooting and killing Burton while he stood on Walker’s Lane in Gregory Park, St. Catherine this past July. Additionally, the self-dubbed “Worl’Boss” along with his road manager, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Empire protégé’, Shawn Storm, face murder charges in relation to the killing of St. Catherin based dancer, Clive “Lizard” Williams in August.

Kartel also faces a ganja possession charge stemming from his initial arrest in September at a New Kingston hotel.

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Mavado claims Flexx wants to imitate him, laments Kartel situation

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall singjay, David ‘Mavado’ Brooks has returned to Jamaica after spending the better part of four months touring and recording overseas; seeking to address speculation surrounding him since his departure.

The self-professed Gully Gad became the subject of controversy within the last two weeks following reported tension between him and Gully Squad protégé, Flexx. The tension resulted from a recent interview Mavado gave via IRIE FM addressing rumors of Flexx being on tour with him while named a person of interest. The singjay intimated that Flexx was not on tour with him, leading the Gully Squad artiste to call out Mavado and accuse him of disassociating himself from the situation. Flexx appeared on the November 19 edition of CVM’s OnStage; saying that Mavado got “hype” and failed to appreciate all he did for the Gully camp’s leader.

Speaking with Winford Williams on CVM’s OnStage this past Saturday, Mavado insisted that he has no beef with Flexx; expressing surprise at the Stepping Razor deejay’s anger towards him.

“There’s nothing really wit’ me and Flexx. Mi an’ Flexx nah war, wi nah have nuh beef or nuttin’ like dat. Flexx a mi fren’ an’ mi always tell Jamaica dat. Mi nuh know how it come to dis,” he said.

“I was so surprised when mi hear him come (on TV) and sound so ignorant, like we have beef.”

Mavado revealed that he arranged the documentation that landed Flexx the documentation to travel to the United States and tour with him. Additionally, he stated that he’s always reached out to Flexx; supporting him financially given their strong friendship.

However, Mavado implied that the roots of the tension between himself and Flexx stems from the protégé desiring to mirror his mentor.

“At times a ute deh deh and him a watch your tings..yuh haffi understand seh yuh cyaah wah be like di boss,” Mavado said.

Furthermore, the established deejay stated that during his four-month stay in the U.S, he only saw Flexx two times and didn’t hear back from his protégé for weeks after giving him money to travel.

Regarding their friendship going forward, Mavado hinted that he and Flexx could go their separate ways.

“Him jus’ a do him ting and mi alrite..mi a do mi ting..a man a watch weh me have and wan’ be like me and it reach to anger. Mi wish him di best wid him career,”he said.

Meanwhile, Mavado commented on the ongoing legal drama surrounding former, long-time rival Vybz Kartel, who faces two murder charges and a drug-related charge. Mavado expressed distress regarding Kartel’s situation; claiming that he and Di Teacha were never enemies.

“Mi nuh feel good. Is not like me and him was really enemy that we wan’ get rid a one another. Is all about music,” Mavado said.

Though he admitted that their three-year rivalry helped build his status as a Dancehall superstar, Mavado insisted that Kartel’s current situation will affect his career but believes it will leave a void within Dancehall music.

“That can’t affect my career in no way. Deep within, I would feel very down fi know seh mi rival over the years is gone,” he said.

Pertaining to his music, Mavado revealed that the official video for his collaborative, chart-topping single, One By One alongside Laza Morgan will debut next week. Additionally, the Alliance-affiliated deejay intimated that a video for his single, Emergency featuring fellow We The Best Music Group artiste, Ace Hood will be shot next week while a video for his most recent track featuring hip-hop super star, Akon, entitled Survivor will debut during the holidays.

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Prominent Dancehall artiste being sought by U.S in connection with “Dudus”

Another established Dancehall artiste could soon be facing major charges following the revelation that he’s an associate of a prominent Jamaican drug lord.

American law enforcement officials are seeking an internationally acclaimed deejay who they say has strong ties to notorious west Kingston strong man, Christopher “Dudus” Coke; involving in drug-related activity. “Dudus” awaits sentencing in the United States after recently pleading guilty to drug-related charges.

Though the identity of the high-ranking singjay has yet to be revealed, an American law enforcement official confirmed to the Jamaica Gleaner that the artiste is Kingston-based, being sought in Michigan on drug-related allegations and faces at least two other warrants. Additionally, the official revealed that the singjay currently holds a green card and isn’t the only prominent Jamaican artiste who could face drug charges in the United States.

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Popcaan happy with career progress, yet to visit Kartel in jail

Emerging Dancehall superstar, Andre Sutherland, more popularly known as Popcaan, insists he’ll become the proverbial flag bearer for the Portmore Empire despite his mentor’s incarceration on murder and drug-related charges.

Since his arrest on September 29 in New Kingston, Portmore Empire leader, Vybz Kartel has been slapped with two murder charges stemming from incidents occurring this past summer. Additionally, Assistance Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, intimated that more murder charges could be issued against Kartel; darkening an already large cloud over Kartel’s career and the future of the Portmore Empire.

With fellow Empire member, Shawn Storm also behind bars on a murder charge, Popcaan and fellow members of Gaza group are disheartened regarding the startling allegations. However, the Ravin deejay, who’s been hailed by some Dancehall observers as the most improved artiste in 2011, told TVJ’s Entertainment Reports that he’ll bear the responsibility of leading the Empire while lifting sulking Gaza fans.

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Teacha’s Pet popularity helped by Kartel’s legal troubles, says director

Despite the mounting legal troubles facing embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, a producer of the deejay’s reality series, Teacha’s Pet believes those problems have only enhance the show’s stock.

Internationally acclaimed director Jason “Jay Will” Williams intimates that Teacha’s Pet benefits from the current drama surrounding Kartel, the program’s centerpiece. Since his initial arrest on September 29 in New Kingston, Kartel was slapped with a drug charge as well as two murder charges stemming from separate incidents this past summer. Following Kartel’s first murder charge on October 3, telecommunication outlet, LIME, pulled their sponsorship from Teacha’s Pet just two episodes in due to the negative connotations and seriousness associated with the allegations against the deejay.

However, the main carrier of Teacha’s Pet, CVM TV, decided to continue broadcasting the reality series following a plethora of fan requests to keep the show on air. Now, Jay Will, one of the show’s producers, believes Kartel’s legal problems added an unprecedented aura to Teacha’s Pet; making it one of the highest rated Jamaican programs ever.

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Another Empire member held in Kartel case, was Shorty arrested?

Another arrest has been made in the ongoing legal drama surrounding prominent Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

Andre St. John, otherwise called “Mad Suss” was arrested and charged in a murder case involving mentor, Vybz Kartel. St. John is a member of Kartel’s Portmore Empire group, the second member of the “Gaza” camp to be charged regarding the August killing of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine.

St. John was held by police during the September 30 operation where Kartel, Alicia Jackson and Shane Williams were arrested and charged with possession of ganja at a small New Kingston hotel. On Monday morning, St. John was officially charged with murder and shooting with intent in relation to the death of Williams. Kartel, fellow Portmore Empire protégé, Shawn Storm, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Cayro Jones are also jointly charge in Williams’ murder. The next hearing in the case will take place on December 2.

Meanwhile, Yardflex.com reports that Vybz Kartel’s common-law wife, Tanesha “Shorty” Johnson may also have been arrested in relation to Kartel’s legal troubles.

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Vybz Kartel’s legal team unchanged despite claims

A day after reports suggesting that embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has new legal representation, Chris Tavares-Finson, one of the deejay’s lawyers has refuted the claims.

On Monday, it was revealed in an IRIE FM by Hannah Harris-Barrington, an English-Jamaican lawyer and human rights activist that she has officially taken over as the lead defence attorney for Vybz Kartel. Harris-Barrington intimated that Kartel asked her to become his new lawyer after stating that he no longer had legal representation; meeting with the artiste at the request of his family to discuss the proposition. She also claimed that two other lawyers will join her in representing the self-proclaimed “Worl’ Boss.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Chris Tavares-Finson, one of the lawyers involved in Kartel murder and drug-related cases, vehemently denied that he was sacked by the artiste whose real name is Adidja Palmer.

Tavares-Finson told IRIE FM, “As far as we’re concerned, there has been no changes whatsoever to his representation. We’re moving forward rapidly as far as the preparation of his case.”

The prominent lawyer also clarified that the legal team, consisting of his father, Tom Tavares-Finson and Michael Deans are also still legal representatives of the deejay and will proceed with the case.

However, Harris-Barrington maintained on Tuesday that she was legally authorized by Vybz Kartel to become his new lawyer. Also speaking with IRIE FM, Harris-Barrington insisted that she received two letters from Kartel clarifying that she’s officially his attorney-at-law; working on his behalf in his murder cases.

As far as I was concerned, I asked him ‘Did he have an attorney at that time,’ and he told me that he was no longer dealing with his previous lawyer,’ she said.

Harris-Barrington is the lawyer of fellow prominent deejay, Ninja Man, who himself is facing a murder charge in relation to a 2009 incident. His trial is slated to start later this month.

Vybz Kartel faces two murder charges stemming from incidents in July and August respectively as he’s alleged to have been directly involved in the deaths of Barrington “Bossie” Burton in St. Catherine and Clive “Lizard” Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. He also faces a drug charge stemming from his initial arrest in New Kingston on September 29.

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Gaza Slim robbed by man Kartel’s accused of killing?

In what can only be described as a bizarre circumstance, Portmore Empire singer, Gaza Slim, insists that she was recently robbed by a man her mentor, Vybz Kartel, stands accused of killing.

According to reports, the artiste otherwise known as Vanessa Bling issued a report to the St. Andrew North police that a man, claiming to be Clive Williams, robbed and pistol-whipped her while she walked along Coolshade Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew. Williams, otherwise called “Lizard,” is one of the men that embattled Dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel, allegedly killed during an August incident in Havendale. Williams’s body hasn’t been found since.

In the report, Gaza Slim explained that on the night of October 29, she was jumped by the man; hitting her in the face with a gun and stealing her Blackberry cellphone.

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Kartel sex tapes allegedly found in murder case, Police deny claim

Law enforcement officials are denying that they’re holding several sexually explicit videos involving embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer, despite various reports to the contrary.

In recent weeks, speculation mounted that the police seized a laptop filled with several sex tapes from residences owned by Kartel in St. Andrew and Portmore. Additionally, rumors were sparked that police secured toys, dildos amongst other sexually suggestive materials from said residences.

According to Urban Islandz, the sex videos that were seized by police involve some well-known female celebrities as well as married women. A source with knowledge of the tapes told the online magazine that several of the females in the videos has no idea that they were being taped. Additionally, the source claimed that some of the videos had very strong, graphic sexual content and featured some of the women performing several freaky acts.

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Video evidence to force guilty pleas in Kartel murder case, prosecution claims

Investigators in a murder case against Dancehall superstar, Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer are insistent that the deejay and other accused men will plead guilty after shocking revelations made in court yesterday.

Kartel, along with fellow Portmore Empire artiste, Shawn Storm, his designer/booking agent, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Cayro Jones appeared simultaneously in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Thursday. Each of the men was charged with murder in relation to the killing of Clive “Lizard” Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew this past August. Following claims by Kartel’s defense team that there was a lack of evidence, prosecutors fired back; claiming that they possessed video proof that the men were involved in the murder of Williams.

The video, captured via cellphone, allegedly shows Kartel and other men killing Williams, who was beaten and stabbed to death, according to police. The cellphone was later seized during the time of Kartel’s arrest along with other items. Additionally, prosecutors in the case intimated that they also have recorded telephone conversations and witness statements that implicate the four accused men in the crime. Given the evidence the prosecution team provided, they were adamant that it would force defence lawyers to advise their clients to plead guilty in the murder case.

Meanwhile, Kartel and his associated were remanded into police custody until December 2. On the other hand, “Di Teacha” faces a November 30 court date in relation to charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm stemming from the shooting death of Barrington “Bossie” Burton. In that case it’s alleged that Kartel and a group of men shot and killed the St. Catherine based promoter/businessman while standing with friends alongside Walker’s Lane in Gregory Park, St. Catherine this past July.

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