January 05, 2009
It wasn't us, says Alliance
A release from the Bounty Killer,led Alliance has stated that "reports that Beenie Man and his entourage were beaten up by the Alliance or people attending Campfire with the Alliance in Ewarton last night (Wednesday) are untrue".
"We would just like to state categorically that this report is untrue and we are in the process of acquiring the recording from the radio station and will not hesitate to take legal action against Beenie if our lawyers deem any of his statements to be slanderous and/or libelous," Alliance said in a statement issued Thursday night.
Julian Jones-Griffiths, publicist for the Alliance, noted that "Beenie was scheduled to close the show using his Ruff Kut band, every running order we saw said that. Mavado and Killer were to work before him using our own Anger Management band".
He stated that Beenie Man wanted to work before Mavado and Bounty, "but the organizers of event were having none of this and instructed Beenie to await his allotted time slot, as presumably they had agreed prior to event".
Mavado, the release said, was at an elevated position about 20 metres above the stage steps and "at not time was he or anyone from his entourage anywhere near Beenie and the Campfire personnel and show security".
It seems that Beenie Man and his entourage got into a shoving match with the police who were securing the stage and following instructions that it was not Beenie Man's time to work, the release said.
"Next thing we saw was Beenie and his entourage storm passed us and out of the venue. Mavado ad Bounty gave the Campfire patrons a great performance and we left the venue just as we could hear the MC unsuccessfully pleading with the crowd not to throw bottles".