ON HIS MIND: The star talks Grammy night, YVAs, and that shocking lawsuit.
The recent news that Jamaican Grammy winner Sean Paul was named as the defendant in a US$80 million lawsuit reportedly filed by a spurned Swedish ex-lover sent shockwaves throughout the island and had everyone asking, ‘Say what?!’
Count Sean Paul, too, among those who were left utterly flabbergasted by the sensational story riddled with terrifying allegations. Speaking with TALLAWAH at Saturday’s Youth View Awards (YVAs) in Kingston, Sean vehemently denied knowing the woman who is suing him – and is eager to have his good name cleared. “It’s not really a lawsuit. She filed a lawsuit, but I don’t know the person,” explained the dancehall-pop megastar. “I think she’s just a very troubled individual. So I don’t really know what it is all about still.”
There you have it, folks. Sean Paul’s side of the story in a nutshell.
Troubles aside, the entertainer would much rather keep his focus on the world’s biggest night in music – next week’s Grammy Awards – where he is a nominee for Best Reggae Album (Tomahawk Technique) yet again. “Yes, I’m looking forward to attending the Grammys. I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” he says, “but I’m also honoured to be nominated with people like Sir Jimmy Cliff. I’ve never even dreamed ’bout that.”
And how does he plan to celebrate should he win his second golden Gramophone? “Just do something that makes me feel good,” he offers, laughing.
Meantime, Sean is already a big winner this year, taking home Favourite International Artiste at the YVAs on Saturday, which he gladly got up onstage to accept. “It’s a special award because it’s the first time I’m here, getting to attend the [show]. I’ve been honoured a lot by these awards and never able to attend,” he says. “So it’s special for me to be here. I’ve always heard of the production of the show. It’s a very good presentation from Jamaica; I think it is up there with the rest of them in the world. It’s just an honour to be considered and to be voted on by the fans. So I thank everyone who voted.”