She found herself on top of a naked Sean Kingston, satisfying the artist’s, and then one of his band member’s, wildest fantasies. She didn’t know how that happened, high as she was on pot and Vodka, and neither did she approve of it. This is what 22 year-old Carissa Capeloto claims. The ‘Beautiful Girls’ singer’s actions constituted rape and the fan-turned-victim is suing him for $5 million. This is the measure of the how badly Kingston and his colleague’s little orgy has devastated the helpless Carissa over the past two years. Since the incident in the summer of 2010, Carissa claims she has trouble sleeping and suffers frequent panic attacks, among other symptoms of emotional trauma.
Despite the final verdict not having yet been passed, and won’t be till November, the publicity is already costing Kingston. A show in the University of Western Ontario scheduled for 7th September was cancelled by the school’s administration. “We have zero tolerance for sexual assault,” they said. This in spite of the fact that the singer was acquitted of criminal charges in 2010 with the police casting doubts on the credibility of Capeloto’s testimony.
Kingston on his part insists he is innocent and that the sex that took place was purely consensual. But given the adverse effects of the story, the 23 year-old artist will be inclined to settle rather than wait for vindication in two months. Image is everything for anyone in the public eye. Lil Wayne may soon be in the same boat depending on what cops find after their investigations into allegations that a fan got her jaw rearranged by a member of his crew after she resisted his advances.
At the risk of stirring a bees’ nest, let me drop my two cents on the matter. Artists need no reminding that it’s because of the fans that they enjoy the profiles and privileges that they do. What would it cost them to treat them with respect, whether male or female? And knowing how brittle their public image is, why take unnecessary risks? On the other hand, artists are often the victims of schemers who pose as innocent fans, luring them into casual sex with the aim of making a quick buck, or million, at the expense of the artist’s reputation. It appears that some of these young artists could do with the insight of a mentor on how to sidestep such pitfalls. Adoring fans also need to respect themselves enough not to put themselves in situations where they’ll be at risk, regardless of how much they love their star.
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