Tommy Lee Sparta: Dominica Denies Offering Deejay Settlement

Tommy Lee Sparta Wins US$3 Million Lawsuit Against Dominican Government

Tommy Lee Sparta legal woes with Dominica is far from over. Authorities in the Caribbean island issued a statement denying that they ever offered the dancehall artist a settlement.

Last year Tommy Lee’s attorney Bert Samuels filed a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government for denying him entry into the country for a concert in 2014. The Montego Bay deejay also complained that he was treated inhumanly during his overnight stay in a holding cell. Lee says the country violated his rights based on the CARICOM’s Treaty of Chaguaramas.

According to Samuels, Dominican authorities made an offer to settle the lawsuit but both sides are currently in negotiations. Tommy Lee also did an interview with radio host Mutabaruka where he hinted at a big settlement but decline to say if it was the US$3 million listed in his lawsuit. Not so fast says Dominica’s Attorney General Levi Peter who outlined that there is no settlement offer on the table, but there are ongoing discussions between both parties.

“There is no settlement …with Tommy Lee Sparta,” Peter said. “To put it simply there is no settlement at this point in that matter, there are ongoing discussions.”


The promoter of the event, Cabral Douglas, also filed a lawsuit against the Dominican government for loss revenue from the show the artist was billed to perform. Tommy Lee, born Leroy Russell, and his entourage including then manager Heavy D were deported back to Jamaica on a private jet.

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Tommy Lee Sparta says he will be swimming in cash after winning a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government.

The dancehall deejay filed the lawsuit back in 2014 following an incident where he was barred from entering the country upon arrival on a private jet for a concert. The Mobay deejay complained that he was treated inhumane and had to sleep overnight on a cold concrete floor inside a cell. He was traveling with his entourage which includes then manager Heavy D. After returning home to Jamaica, Tommy Lee filed a $3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government for violating his civil rights based on the CARICOM’s Treaty of Chaguaramas.

During a recent interview with radio host Mutabaruka, Tommy Lee Sparta revealed that he will be getting a lot of cash after the pending settlement concluded. “Me a get a lot cash, man, everybody who pressure me will have to pay me,” the artist said.

Tommy Lee’s attorney Bert Samuels confirmed that Dominican authorities made the deejay an offer but they are currently in negotiation to reach a final settlement. Lee already kicked off the year with a slew of new singles including a few diss tracks aimed at Alkaline.

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