Bruised but not broken: Singer Aisha Davis finally speaks about her ordeal
Reggae sweetheart Aisha Davis has always held it down as one of the classiest girls in the game. Poised, open, attractive and gifted, the multi-talented singer, actress and dancer has always been in everyone’s good books. And Davis, also a single mother, never batted an eyelash at the pesky rumours about her personal life until the news reports and subsequent whispers about a confrontation with a flatmate that turned disastrous recently took on a life of its own. Now, with several performances, a new album – and an assault trial – on the way,
What are your thoughts on the accusations that have been levelled against you?
It’s a real ridiculous case. For me, it’s not something worth going to trial for. More than half the things she has said are lies.
The reports in the papers say you attacked her? Is that true?
That’s not true! I must be on drugs to want to attack somebody. We were flatmates, and there had been a lot of tension between us. We even had an argument the night before the incident.
Speak a little more about the nature of your relationship with the young woman leading up to the fight.
We had been living together for over two years, and it was very frustrating. She will use my containers in the fridge and do no re-fill them. And she is such a liar. She really lies about the simplest things. She doesn’t behave like a grown woman. She has a man, and he will come there and use things without even asking, and he doesn’t re-fill the containers either.
I assume you spoke to her about this.
I have to talk to her about almost everything, but how I feel is that you’re a grown woman; I shouldn’t have to be talking to you about things like that. She says I speak to her in a condescending way, and maybe I do, but you’re a grown woman! I shouldn’t have to be talking to you about certain things like you’re a child.
So what happened on the night in question?
On the night in question what I did was separate my things in the kitchen. She comes home and notices. I told her that I no longer wanted her to use my things. She takes up my containers and I grab them from her. She chucks me and I land on the cupboard and bruise my hip. So I box her and punch her in the face, and that’s when her boyfriend comes in and grab a knife after me.
Then what happened?
Some of my neighbours came in and saw him with the knife and holding me, and got him to release me.
Who called the police?
I was the one who called the police to make a report. I didn’t even sleep there that night.
Since the story broke, how have family and friends reacted?
People have been supportive, and telling me to keep the faith. It’s been positive. She’s trying to smear my reputation by carrying me to court, but people have been there for me. I just plan to keep on going.
Was your four-year-old son at home at the time? Did he witness what went down?
He wasn’t there. He doesn’t know anything. I have to keep certain things from him.
So the flatmate moved out after the incident.
She has moved ‘cause I told her from the night before that she has to move. There were so many things I put up with during the two years that she lived there.
Let’s switch gears to more pleasant stuff. What have you been up to career-wise?
I have been performing a lot. Recently, I was on stage at the Village Café for their Village Live series. I have also been working with Code Red on my album. So I have been doing a lot of work. The work is being done. I’m still on my journey.
This Saturday, fans can catch you in performance at the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen coronation show at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Have you ever been a pageant contestant?
Actually, yeah. I am a former Miss EXED contestant (Laughs). Althea Laing used to put on these pageants, and in about ’95 or ’96, I was first runner-up. I also did a modelling stint with her when she had an agency here.
You’re also known in local theatres as a talented actress. Are you looking forward to a return to the stage?
Thank you. Sure, if any scripts come up. After the Actor Boy Awards, I was in dialogue with Douglas Prout because he wanted me for a production in
What do you want to say to your fans and well-wishers?
I’m still doing my thing. I give thanks to God everyday for life. I am a very giving person, and sometimes people take advantage of that. [The incident] is just one of the unfortunate obstacles on my journey. But I’m enlightened. I am protected. I have nothing to hide. I just would have preferred that all this did not happen.
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