50 Cent Arrested in St. Kitts for Using Profanity During Concert
Rapper 50 Cent was arrested in the Caribbean island nation of St. Kitts on Saturday night, police said.
A member of 50 Cent’s entourage, Bajar Walter, was also arrested, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force said in a statement on Sunday.
The rapper, born Curtis Jackson, “was arrested, formally charged, and cautioned for the offense of making use of indecent language during his performance,” the statement said.
50 Cent was granted bail in the amount of EC $5,000 (USD $1,850) but was ordered to “surrender his travel documents and appear in court on Monday,” the police department said.
Walter was also arrested and formally charged “for the offenses of making use of indecent language and obstruction,” the statement read. He’ll also have to appear in court on Monday.
50 Cent was arrested in his dressing room at the Warner Park stadium after the concert, according to the Jamaica Observer. Officials said he was cooperative, but Walter, identified in the Observer report as his bodyguard, was not pleased and attempted to intervene.
In 2003, St. Kitts authorities arrested rapper DMX for using profanity during a concert there. At the time, organizers said they warned DMX that he wouldn’t be allowed to use obscenities on stage, which is a misdemeanor in the former British colony.
“There was a contract signed in which it was made very clear long before the arrival of the artists that there are laws in St. Kitts that do not take kindly to the use of indecent language on stage,” information minister Jacinth Henry Martin said in 2003, according to an AP report. DMX said he didn’t sign any such contract.