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Dominica gov't denies reaching $3m settlement with Tommy Lee

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2017 | 1:34 PM
Tommy Lee

The Government of Dominica has denied media reports that it has reached an agreement to pay Jamaican entertainer Tommy Lee $3 millions after he was prevented from entering the island in 2014.

Speaking during a news conference yesterday, Dominica’s Attorney General Levi Peter said discussions are still ongoing with representatives for the entertainer whose real name is Leroy Russell.

His comments come in the wake of recent media reports that the Dominican Government had agreed to a $3-million settlement with Tommy Lee.

The entertainer and members of his entourage were denied entry into Dominica in 2014 and detained overnight before they were deported the following day.

The entertainer subsequently filed a suit against the government claiming that his rights under the Revised Treaty of Chaguramas were breached.

The government explained that its action was taken in the interest of public safety.

It says several organisations, including the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches, had denounced Tommy Lee’s appearance at an event, saying his music glorifies the devil and promotes lawlessness and violence.