Dancehall star Mavado (real name David Brooks) has responded to recent rumors about his career with a lawsuit, citing defamation.
Earlier this week,Canada-based publication L3 Magazine head Natasha Von Castle released information regarding the artists inability to perform at an upcoming show at Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada.
Additionally, she alleged that the “Delilah” deejay was dropped from the Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) umbrella just two weeks his label, We The Best Music Group’s entire roster was picked but by the New Orleans label, and that an international arrest warrant had been issued for the Jamaican artist over and alleged assault of a police officer.
Mavado’s team has since released a statement which states as follows:
WE THE BEST Recording Artist Mavado has filed several defamation, libel an loss of earnings suits claiming damages in the millions against co-defendants Ron Nelson and Natasha Von Castle in Toronto Civil Court in response to vicious lies disseminated via Blackberry Broadcast and Blog posts by Nelson and Von Castle this week. We The Best CEO DJ Khaled is currently drawing up similar papers, alongside Slim and Baby of YMCMB. The two co-defendants Nelson and Von Castle are currently being sought out so that papers can be served on them.
We The Best Music Group CEO, DJ Khaled as well as YCMB co-founders, Ronald ‘Slim Williams and Brian ‘Birdman’ Williams are drawing up similar suits
Von Castle has since issued a statement of retraction and apology:
On Tuesday May 15th, 2012, I issued a statement regarding Mavado which was shared on the social networking site Twitter via @L3Magazine as well aswww.thefamousface.blogspot.com. In my personal statement I made reference to a ‘source’ who provided me with information regarding Mavado and his inability to perform in Toronto, as well as the artist being dropped from Young Money Records, and a criminal charge which has resulted in an arrest warrant.I called my source to confirm that the information was indeed correct to which I was told that it was. We had several exchanges via blackberry, and I was assured the accuracy of the information. The source of my information was Ron Nelson and www.reggaemania.com.I have since been in contact with Mavado through his Canadian Agent Rahim. My information that Mavado will not be performing in Toronto on May 25th is true, however, Mavado has not been dropped by his label Young Money Records, and, there is no arrest warrant for the artists’ arrest. That information from Ron Nelson was incorrect.In my many years of being a journalist, and running L3 Magazine, my professionalism has always been to and of the highest standard. I am not in the business of spreading false information; I take my job and my voice in the Caribbean-Urban community very seriously.I personally apologize to Mavado, DJ Khaled, Baby and the Cash Money Records label for the mis-information expressed by me and L3Magazine, and www.L3Magazine.com.Natasha Von Castle
This news comes just over a week after Mavado was found guilty in an assault case in St. James; a verdict he will soon appeal.
BTW, Natasha is a colleague whom I respect and have worked with in the past and will continue to work with. It takes balls to issue that statement alone. Wish you the best dear!