Some light has finally been shed on the Campfire incident as both Mavado and Beenie Man’s management deny any altercation between the entourages of the two artistes.
Earlier reports suggested that on December 31 at Reggae Campfire, which was held at Windalco Sports Club in Ewarton, Beenie Man and his entourage were involved in a fracas with members of Mavado’s entourage. This, after Beenie Man tried to force his way onstage so he could perform before Mavado. However, he was barred by the police.
Later a brawl developed with Beenie Man, his entourage and the police. Beenie Man left without performing and bottles were hurled onto the stage.
Beenie Man’s manager and brother, Rohan ‘Blue’ Smith said Beenie Man wanted to perform because he did not sign a contract to close the show. Even though it was about 4 a.m. and Beenie Man was not scheduled to perform until 4: 45 a.m. Smith said it made sense for Beenie Man to perform since his backing band Ruff Kutt was already onstage.
He said Beenie would have had to otherwise wait until the Alliance members performed and their Anger Management band cleared the stage, for Ruff Kutt to set up again.
During the melee with the police, Smith said young artiste Kitty Paw was ‘roughed up’ by a member of the police party who put his gun in the teenager’s face.
“After the altercation with the police on the stage we decided to leave the venue. When leaving, one of our guys was cut on the hand. That was when we were passing Mavado’s entourage,” Smith told The STAR.
“We neva get contract to close the show and we feel disrespected by the promoter and the police,” Smith said.
While Smith related that version of the story, Mavado’s manager Julian Jones-Griffith says he is planning to sue Beenie Man for accusing members of Mavado’s entourage of physically abusing members of his entourage during a radio interview.
Jones-Griffith says Beenie was not being truthful about the incident.
“Nothing more than him do fÃ¢â‚¬â€Ã¢â‚¬â€- and lef the show and his fans bottled the stage. Now, he wants to make Mavado and Bounty Killer look bad,” Jones-Griffith told The STAR.
However, Smith said he is unaware of Beenie Man doing any radio interviews, though they tried to get in contact with Irie FM and TVJ to tell their story.
Nonetheless, Jones-Griffith says he plans to sue as soon as he gets a copy of the tape as neither Mavado’s nor Bounty Killer’s entourage were near Beenie Man or his people. “Mavado and his entourage were 20 metres away and behind a fence. Bounty neva deh near him. At no time was there any confrontation between any of them. Not even words exchange much less blows,” said Jones-Griffith.