BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis - Rapper 50 Cent and his bodyguard Bajar Walter were arrested Sunday and released on bail in the Caribbean island of St. Kitts after running afoul of local profanity laws.
The Caribbean Media Corporation said the music star, 40, was arrested in his dressing room early Sunday after performing late Saturday at the 19th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival at the Warner Park Stadium in Basseterre, capital of the two-island nation St. Kitts and Nevis. Police had advised 50 Cent’s manager about the profanity law, the CMC said.
The rapper, born Curtis James Jackson III in Queens, and Walter each were charged with “making use of indecent language.” While 50 Cent was cooperative, Walter additionally was charged with obstruction after he attempted to intervene in the arrest. Each posted bail of 5000 East Caribbean Dollars, or $1,850 at the current exchange rate.
TMZ.com added that during the rapper’s performance before a crowd of 40,000, the DJ did not have a clean version of the set and that 50 Cent kept his microphone near his mouth when he yelled a profanity. The rapper’s representative told the website that 50 Cent had been hired only to host and not perform, though the festival’s official site makes no distinction on its artist lineup or on its Saturday schedule, which listed Tarrus Riley, The O’Jays, Deanna, and 50 Cent.
The representative added that “for future trips to St. Kitts he will leave the [specific profanity] in the United States.”
According to The Associated Press, the rapper’s representative said he had paid the fine and was on his way home on Sunday. TMZ earlier had said 50 Cent was due in court Monday and was expected to pay a fine.
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Fellow rapper DMX was arrested in 2003 for using profanity during the same music festival, and was released on bail of EC$1000, or $376.