After months of shooting down rumours of a split between him and Vybz Kartel, his business partner, Corey Todd, now says that Kartel has threatened him and their relationship is officially over.
The publicist for the American businessman hastily blasted out a press release on Monday afternoon stating that he has “chosen to immediately dissolve his business partnership with Adidja Palmer a.k.a Vybz Kartel in the wake of alleged threats made against Todd’s life”.
The release continued: “I cannot be associated with or do business with someone I don’t trust. Kartel and I haven’t seen eye to eye in a while, and late last week, after a disagreement, he threatened me on the phone because I “refused to tek chat”. I don’t take kindly to threats against me and my family, and I have contacted my lawyers and the relevant authorities to deal with this issue immediately,” Todd said.
“I am my own man, I have never worked for Vybz Kartel, I helped to build his career, but I was never about the division in music, or his need to pigeonhole everything as Gaza or not Gaza. I don’t understand the creative direction he’s moving in with regards to his image or his music. I don’t know this new Vybz Kartel, I haven’t known him for quite a while. Enough is enough. I wish him the best with his career,” Todd said.
Todd and Palmer started the Unlimited Daggering company three years ago to manufacture, market and distribute Street Vybz Rum. The company also employs several people at a St. Andrew-based factory. The two also operate the Building nightclub in New Kingston.
Todd sought to reassure his workers that he would find employment for them in his other business ventures if they are displaced.
‘I am not keeping any events at the Building nightclub for the foreseeable future, I am not doing anymore business with Vybz Kartel. However, I will be doing another product soon, so I am moving forward and I hope to work with other artistes to help build their careers as well,” he said.
Todd has been running the popular Quad night club in New Kingston, having secured a lease from the owners, Nite Time Entertainment. He reportedly runs that business with his wife and Vybz Kartel has never been a partner on that venture.
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