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January 10, 2013
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IRIE JAMBOREE PROMOTER PLANS TO SUE - Legal action pending against woman who is suing Sean Paul
Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter

Bobby Clarke - file

Promoters of the popular United States-based stage show, Irie Jamboree, are contemplating possible legal action against Susanne Persson for the use of 'Irie Jamboree' as the title for the book she wrote promising to expose dancehall artiste Sean Paul.

In a recent article in the New York Daily, it was said that Persson "wants $80 million in damages from Sean Paul, his road manager, Steve Wilson, and his label, Atlantic Records, according to the lawsuit filed last week in Manhattan (Supreme Court)".

The lawsuit followed a 126-page book in which the Swedish woman made several claims against Sean Paul, even suggesting that she was "emotionally tortured" during their relationship that started in early 2010.

But in a release sent to THE STAR, promoter of Irie Jamboree and CEO of Irie Jam Radio, Bobby Clarke, said: "Since the Sean Paul story broke, our office in Queens, New York, has been bombarded with calls from radio listeners, concerned citizens and friends of Irie Jam Radio and Irie Jamboree inquiring about our involvement in the lawsuit."

He continued, "For the record, Irie Jam Media, co-producers of Irie Jamboree, North America's premier music festival, would like to categorically state that we have no legal - implied or perceived - connection with the case. In fact, we are flabbergasted and outraged as to the use of Irie Jamboree by Persson as the name of her tell-all book, since Irie Jamboree is a registered trade name which we have used as the legal name of our festival since the inaugural concert was staged in 2003."

Clarke also noted that some legal action might be taken against Persson for the use of the name.

"We have now engaged the services of an attorney to determine what legal course, if any, we need to immediately take to protect our integrity and our brand. We will aggressively fight to legally protect our brand,andany damage that may result by the use of the name Irie Jamboree by Persson," he said in the release.

"It is a fact that Irie Jam Radio and by extension Irie Jamboree have had a great working relationship over the years with Sean Paul, his PR company, Headline Entertainment, and his management team which continues to this day. We will not support any effort to tarnish his wholesome image and good standing in the music industry. Once our attorneyhas had an opportunity to do some preliminary investigation into the matter, we will release another update for the media."

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