Capleton was arrested and slapped with a rape charge.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force said the Reggae artist, whose given name is Clifton Bailey, was arrested and charged by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on Friday (May 11).
The 51-year-old Jamaican entertainer is currently in police custody awaiting his first court appearance in Kingston on Monday.
The complainant, who is a hairdresser, reported that he had sexual intercourse with her against her will inside a New Kingston hotel room where she was hired to groom his hair on April 28, according to police.
Following the report, an investigation launched. Bailey was subsequently charged after a question and answer interview was conducted in the presence of his attorney.
Since the incident, the attorney representing the Caplteon has refuted the claims and accused the female of trying to extort his client.
“I am confident that my client will be exonerated,” Townsend told media reporters.
“I can also confirm that there is also a dual investigations because the young lady who made the report is also being investigated for extortion so that investigation is ongoing. We anticipate that she will also be in custody shortly. I am quite concerned because it certainly demonstrates that there is one side of the police force that is blind to what the other side is doing,” Townsend added.
Townsend revealed that when the woman became aware of the police investigation “she went ahead with her threat” and went to the police.
Townsend also leveled more criticism against the police for its handling of the case involving Capleton.
“And as it relates to CISOCA, we have presented documentation, all of the voicemails, all of the messages where my client was being extorted and all they had to say is “Oh well, just use that in your defence”. Nobody is interested in a fulsome investigation and that is where we need to go, where we investigate matters and investigate properly. Don’t just take statements and arrest our citizens, put them behind bars and try to destroy their careers. It is wrong,” Townsend said.
Townsend believes that investigators missed some red flags.
“Isn’t it curious that she claimed she was invited there [to the hotel room] to plait his hair when he is a dreadlocks? Is this a publicity stunt because he is a popular person?” the attorney questioned.
He added that Capleton has faith in the justice system, but is disappointed at where the process is at this time.
“He is relying on the system to work; it has failed him so far. Although the police have the authority to grant station bail – and it is not unusual in circumstances like this, it has not been done. Once again, it is a failed decision; people are afraid of their shadows,” said the attorney.
According to police, the woman filed a report on May 2 and acknowledged that Capleton made a report to the Half Way Tree police that same day alleging that he was being extorted by the complainant.
Allegations are that after the sexual encounter, the woman allegedly complained that she had a cyst on her ovary and had been admitted to the hospital for treatment, and according to Capleton’s management, that was a lie.
The management team claimed that the alleged victim then sent one of her daughters, a 19-year-old, to pick up “snacks” from the deejay, but the demands did not subside.
Members of the management camp claimed Capleton refused to co-operate once the woman demanded a large sum of money to allow her to be a part of a ’round-robin’.
A ’round-robin’ is a financial partnership where an event is held at strict intervals, and where the group of people in the said consortium or partnership are expected to contribute and attend.
Sources from the management team of the entertainer said police, both at the Half-Way Tree CIB and officials from CISOCA, are in possession of text messages and conversations relating to the matter.