February 27, 2009
Luciano’s was beating with an iron pipe
BY: Yasmine Peru
Studio engineer and promoter, Freckles, says he administered an iron pipe beating to righteous singer, Luciano, out of a sense of justice and not anger.
“I just needed to regain my dignity … and I did,” the diminutive, dreadlocked father of one told Chat!.
According to Freckles, he and Luciano — the singer known for his pious messages of love and forgiveness — had a dispute from May of last year over money which he says was owed to him by the singer for work done during a tour of Australia. Despite several attempts to collect all that was due to him, resolve the matter and heal the breach, this never happened. And, to add insult to injury, Freckles says he was “beaten to a pulp” by Luciano and some of his followers at Luciano’s office last year.
He recalled that he was on his way to the airport to catch a flight to Washington to pick up visas for persons going on a US tour when he got a call from Luciano.
“He asked me to meet him at his office and I went. He hugged and kissed me as brethren and then called his manager, who knew about all that had happened in Australia. The manager took the hot seat and admitted that he was the one who encouraged me to insist on getting all my money from Looshie.”
Freckles further states that he had “lined up a whole heap of things for Looshie” while on the tour, thus helping the singer to earn extra money. “I got him dub plate work and even wrote a song for him and another for Bob Andy. Looshie was supposed to pay me 30% as commission, but after I collected the money and handed it over to him, he then told me that the tour didn’t work out so well and he wanted me to take less than 30%. I agreed.”
Freckles said he told Luciano’s manager what had transpired, and the manager was adamant that Luciano should honour his agreement with Freckles.
“When the manager told Looshie that he told me to make sure to get all my money because what he was asking in principle was wrong, Looshie get all upset and shouted ‘a greedy him greedy’. At that point, I told him that I had a plane to catch and I was leaving. On my way out, one of his men chucked me and I chucked him back. Then Looshie chuck pon me … tear off mi turban. All couple of the locks from outta me beard dem tear out,” Freckles told Chat! as he recalled his beating.
He says he was chopped in the back and sustained serious injury to one of his fingers, which had the tendon severed. An operation has so far run him over $700,000 and he says he is now doing physiotheraphy twice weekly.
“I am a single parent who is totally responsible for my daughter. She goes everywhere with me,” he explained, adding that he lost a portion of money in Cash Plus, which set him back tremendously. He says he has never asked Luciano for money towards his medical expenses, but a singer who knew the story checked Luciano for assistance for him, but he was reportedly told that “the boy deserve the flogging”.
Freckles said he had put the incident out of his mind and was trying to get on with life. But then, fate stepped in. He was at the studio doing some work and a guitarist who happen to have witnessed the beating was there and brought up the story. “Everything came back to me and fire went through me,” he said honestly. “Five minutes later I left the studio and driving past the gas station … you know who I see?”
None other than the man to whom Freckles says his followers refer to as “god”. “When they were beating me, all I can remember them saying was ‘don’t let him touch god’.”
It was a triumvirate of a different kind — time, place and passion.
Freckles says he calmly drove into the gas station, parked his vehicle and walked towards Looshie and his people. “On my way I saw a piece of iron pipe and I took it up. A man turn round and hail me and all I know is that I reach up to Looshie and start put it on. Every man scatter … run way leave him and him all pass out. Then Mr Andy come to me and say ‘Freckles stop’.” So he stopped; the men reportedly threw water on the singer, enabling him to regain consciousness and then took him to the doctor.
“I was not the one to run to the media. Despite all Looshie did, I never tried to smear his character. I am a young yute trying to make life with my daughter and they didn’t show me any justice, peace or love,” he declared.
Efforts to contact Luciano proved futile.