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Jamaican Court Seeks Ja Rule Arrest
Tue Jul 30,10:11 AM ET
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) - A Jamaican court issued an arrest warrant Monday for American rapper Ja Rule when he failed to appear on charges of using profanity during a concert last year.
The 21-year-old Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeff Atkins, was in Jamaica this weekend to perform Saturday night at the same music festival â€” Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest.
He was served Sunday with a summons to appear in court Monday, but he failed to show, prompting Judge Wilson Smith to order the arrest warrant.
Local media reported Ja Rule left the island Sunday.
On Saturday, Ja Rule apologized during a news conference for his actions at last year's show.
"I didn't know (profanity) was such a big problem. I think I tried to keep it down last year," he said.
Ja Rule was among eight entertainers charged for foul language after last year's Summer festival, including Grammy winner Beenieman, who also has yet to appear in court.
They face a maximum charge of $20 if convicted.
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