Promoter sues Dominican gov't over Tommy Lee saga

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tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgPromoter Cabral Douglas filed lawsuits in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the Government of Dominica following the 2014 detention of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta in that island and the subsequent cancellation of a concert, which he said was caused by the "unlawful arrest, detention and deportation of Jamaican artiste Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage without cause".

Douglas, the son of former prime minister Rosie Douglas, had contracted with Heavy D Promotions Limited for Tommy Lee Sparta to perform at his privately owned entertainment venue in Dominica to mark the opening of Portsmouth carnival. Douglas is seeking US$3 in damages which includes general damages, special damages, as well as for loss of business opportunity and punitive damages.

Tommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, was to perform at a concert in February 2014 in Portsmouth, organised by Douglas, however, organisations, such as the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches denounced the artiste's appearance saying his music glorifies Satan and promotes lawlessness and violence.

The government of Dominica said its action was based in the interest of public safety.