Capleton says he is in good spirits after being granted bail in the sum of $250,000 on Monday (May 14) in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
The 51-year-old Reggae veteran was brought to the courtroom in handcuffs at about 10:39 a.m., where he made his first appearance since being arrested and charged by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.
Parish Judge Vaughn Smith turned down a request by the clerk of court, Hansurd Lawson, for the entertainer to surrender his travel documents as part of his bail conditions but warned that he may do so if the entertainer misses one court date.
The request by the clerk came after Capleton’s attorney, Christopher Townsend, indicated to the court that his client has a number of overseas shows starting this weekend until June 27.
Capleton was also ordered to submit his fingerprints to the police and warned not to communicate with the complainant or her relatives.
The “Slew Dem” entertainer looked relieved after learning that he was granted bail and could honour his commitments.
Shortly after his release, Capleton told media reporters that he is good spirits and he is confident in the victory of “good over evil”.
“This won’t let Capleton get evil, i will continue to do good,” Capleton said.
Capleton also released a statement via his official website on his rape charge.
“Greetings, I vehemently deny all accusations of sexual misconduct and do not condone crime or violence against women or anyone. I’m the target of an extortion scheme and my lawyers and I presented evidence to the authorities to fight this false accusation,” the statement read.
“I’m an entertainer for 30+ years, blessed with a career and opportunity to tour the world, promote reggae music, help people and serve as a positive role model. I’m also a father with daughters that understand the responsibility of a role model and would never do anything to hurt anyone or jeopardize my career.
I always advocate for women’s rights and empowerment thru my music, company employees and charity endeavors. “A St Mary Mi Come From” serves as a platform for new artist to showcase their talent and gives back to hospitals, schools, community centers, youth clubs, police associations for the past 13 years. Some of these institutions are operated by remarkable women, that I respect and will continue to support.
I have faith in JAH that justice will prevail and give thanks for all your support.”
Meanwhile, reports are that the complainant, who is a hairdresser, reported that she was hired by the entertainer and went to a hotel in New Kingston on April 28 to groom his hair.
However, on May 2, the woman made a report outlining that while at the hotel, the entertainer held her down and had sexual intercourse with her against her will.
The police said later that day, the entertainer went to the Half-Way Tree Police Station and reported a case of extortion against the woman.
Townsend told the court that there are voice notes and text messages to support claims that the complainant is disingenuous.
The investigation into the allegations against the woman is ongoing
Capleton is to return to court on June 14.