The rape charge laid against Capleton is a matter of extortion, says Reggae star's attorney.

is now in police custody accused of rape.

The “Slew Dem” deejay was arrested and charged by detectives attached to CISOCA on Friday (May 11).

Christopher Townsend, who is representing Reggae superstar, is alleging that the rape charge laid against his client is a matter of extortion.

The attorney-at-law told media reporters that the allegation was reported to the police, but investigators had no interest in hearing that defense.

“We made a report to the police and we have been in contact with the police that we are being extorted and I gather that what occured is that the young lady went and made a report also,” Townsend said.

“We have heard several voice notes, there are several WhatsApp messages supporting our allegations of him being extorted. CISOCA (Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offence and Child Abuse) didn’t seem to be interested in that at all though we have hard evidence contradicting what was complained of,” he added.

The 51-year-old Jamaican entertainer, whose real name is Clifton Bailey, allegedly raped a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair.

According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, on Saturday, April 28, around 11:20 am, Bailey hired a female hairdresser to groom his hair at a hotel in the New Kingston area.

The report further states that, while at the hotel, he forcibly had sexual intercourse with the woman.

The JCF communications unit added that the matter was reported to the police and an investigation launched, resulting in Capleton being charged after a question and answer interview was conducted in the presence of Townsend.

However, Townsend has scolded CISOCA for what he describes as an irresponsible way of conducting an investigation.

“Their inveatigation, we are saying, is not a fulsome investigation. All they did was take statements. Nobody investigated anything and we are now the victims of what seems to be an ill-conceived way of investigation and a backward way of approaching investigation by the police, in particular CISOCA,” Townsend said.

Townsend said he is confident his client will be exonerated.

He said if the justice system works as it is supposed to, Capleton ought to be freed.

“I do believe that all of Jamaica should be concerned; justice is in jeopardy,” he said.

“It shows that there is a lack of control, and a clear fault in the decision-making process… one arm of the force is doing something and another arm is doing something,” Townsend added.

He said Capleton should have been granted station bail but that was not done. He said the system has failed Capleton so far.

Meanwhile, the attorney said he is awaiting his client’s first day in court, which he was promised would be today (May 14), to get the opportunity to apply for bail.

Capleton is known for his Rastafari movement views expressed in his songs.

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