Jamaican reggae star fined $70 for swearing

Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:19pm EDT
 
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KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Jamaican reggae and dance hall star Bounty Killa has pleaded guilty to using profanity at a recent show and paid a $70 fine.

Killa, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, entered the plea and paid the fine during an appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court in western Jamaica on Thursday. He could have faced up to 30 days in jail.

Killa was arrested and charged last month during the staging of Reggae Sumfest, one of the world's top reggae festivals. Fans heckled him after he made uncomplimentary remarks about two disc jockeys, and he responded with a barrage of expletives then walked off the stage.

Jamaican law prohibits profanity in public performances and police have been more vigilant in recent years about enforcing that law.

Reuters/Nielsen