Christian Tavares-Finson, a lawyer for Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel, has said he is unsure where or how rumors of his client's alleged escape from prison started.
Tavares-Finson spoke with Boomshots on Wednesday, saying that he was in court with the entertainer that day and that he is still in custody.
We were in court with [Vybz Kartel] this morning, so as far as his location and his status he's still in the custody of the police, Tavares-Finson told Boomshots. He did attend court this morning. He was brought to court by the police. As far as if people are concerned with whether or not it's true, or any doubt, I think we can put that to rest. His defense team was in court this morning, and he was also present.
Dept. Supt. Steve Brown has told the International Business Times that Kartel was brought before a Resident Magistrate Court on one of the multiple murder charges he is facing.
Rumors began spreading on Wednesday that Kartel and several men broke free from a remand center in Kingston after holding guards at gunpoint, stealing their uniforms and service vehicles. The unfounded story began getting international coverage and went viral on social media sites.
Kartel has been in prison since Oct. 1 and his lawyer said the entertainer remains positive while in custody.
As always, he's in good spirits, Tavares-Finson told Boomshots. He has full confidence in his defense team, which he chose himself. As far as we're concerned, we will make significant progress as time passes. We're confident that, based on what we have seen, it is going to be very difficult for the prosecution to continue bringing cases against him.
You can read Kartel's lawyer's full interview with Boomshots here.