Busy Signal arrested, released from custody in Trinidad and Tobago

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Busy SignalDancehall/Reggae star, Reanno Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal had quite an eventful weekend in Trinidad and Tobago after being arrested and later released in relation to a financial disagreement with a local promoter over a 2013 show; all while he was set to perform a show in the country.

On Saturday, Busy was scheduled to perform at the Together As One concert at Queen’s Park in Port of Spain, but not before being taken into custody by police at his hotel shortly before his set. The entertainer was then hauled before the Port of Spain High Court for an emergency hearing.

The warrant was issued for Busy’s arrest by a local judge following a complaint filed by Peppers Entertainment, claiming they paid him in excess of US$37,000 to perform at a concert they were promoting in May 2013. However, the concert was postponed, with an agreement that the advance Busy received would go towards his performance fee for the rescheduled show.

However, it was alleged Busy never deducted this sum from his future fee and never repaid the money following it’s postponement.

During the court proceeding, Busy and his legal team agreed to enter into a consent order of US$30,000 with the balance to be paid in the next 30 days. Busy would go on to perform the Together As One concert as scheduled that night.

In his defense, Busy’s management team, Turf Musik Entertainment claimed in a statement that they had no knowledge of the deal with Peppers Entertainment as that was brokered by Busy’s ex-manager, Shane Brown and Jukeboxx Productions.

“The advance payment of US$37,088 was not disclosed to us [Turf Music Entertainment] by former management, who entered in to business affairs on Busy’s behalf,” he said. “We had no material knowledge whatsoever of this apparent infraction. If we had, we would have acted to resolve the issue prior to coming to Trinidad,”

“Turf Music Entertainment is currently requesting a copy of the original agreement between Jukeboxx Productions and Peppers Entertainment as well as transaction records between both parties regarding the event,” the statement continued.

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