Popular dancehall entertainer Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis sent out his humble public apologies yesterday, to the members of the St. Andrew Parish Church, the Christian fraternity, and relatives of deceased whose remains are interred in the church's cemetery.
This follows an injunction taken out by church lawyers on September 28, barring defendants, Beenie Man and his production team from publishing, broadcasting or releasing a video filmed at the cemetery, for publication or broadcast in any audiovisual media, the music video films or other visual images recorded by said production team.
The entertainer said he is emphatically sorry about the misunderstanding that has arisen and wants the Christian fraternity, who are incensed about the videotaping, to know that he would never knowingly do anything demeaning to offend Christian or any other doctrine.
Not seeking and acquiring permission to film at the cemetery, is what got Beenie Man and crew in the hot water to begin with. The defendants are barred by the courts from showing the video or any parts of it that have aspects of the Church yard and cemetery depicted, for a period of 28 days. Every part of the video has been not only halted for publication but also ordered turned over to the court until an October 11th Supreme Court hearing.
Beenie Man said, he along with the video crew takes full responsibility for their actions and regret not getting the necessary permission. His team agreed to edit the video, pulling out all offensive scenes once they learned of the injunction's stipulations. This did not stop the court from coming down hard on the defendants.
Unfortunately, after the injunction was filed on September 28, miscommunication between, the hosts of the popular entertainment programme ER that airs on TVJ and Beenie Man's production team, resulted in the video being shown on that Friday night.
Prior to the airing attempts were made to remove sections of the footage showing the church and the tombstones, but at the time a video editor was unavailable.
The video was recorded for Beenie Man's single 'Mama's Cry/Gangsta's Prayer' and is a depiction of the crime and violence now taking place in the society. Beenie Man said he was tired of seeing how many people and friends of his are ending up in the grave and it is his way of showing his condemnation of the murders and violence.