Dancehall artist, Byron Messia, and his producer, Wayne Campbell, are currently embroiled in a lawsuit related to a car accident that transpired in Jamaica this past June.
Jamaica MVP Imports Limited, a car rental agency, is seeking reparation from Messia and Campbell for extensive damages and potential loss of earnings that resulted from an accident involving a rented BMW. The incident left the car severely damaged, while Messia sustained minor injuries.
According to court documents, the duo owes more than J$3 million, a sum that includes damages, loss of income, and attorneys’ fees. The accident in question occurred on June 10 at Junction, St. Mary.
Although Messia reported minor injuries, other passengers in the car required medical care. An account from the Jamaica Observer revealed that Campbell had signed an agreement to rent a pristine white BMW 316i. However, the rental company asserts that both Messia and Campbell were responsible for the car’s mishap. The claim states that their negligence in managing and controlling the vehicle led to its catastrophic exit from the highway.
Jamaica MVP Imports Limited further alleges that there was a consensus with Byron Messia to settle the cost of the damages to the BMW to the tune of $2.5 million. While Messia has honored a portion of this payment, remitting $1 million to the company, he’s yet to cover the outstanding balance, which he reportedly disputes.
However, a representative from Messia’s team counters this narrative. They insist that the popular dancehall deejay was not the one who had entered into any rental agreement with the company. The $1 million paid by Messia was, as per the representative, a gesture of support towards Campbell, and not an acknowledgment of any liability.
“To be clear, Byron Messia wasn’t the one who rented that car. There’s no paperwork tying him to any agreement with the rental agency,” said the unnamed PR representative. This representative also confirmed that while Messia wasn’t behind the wheel, he did hire someone to drive him.
Generosity seems to be at play, as Messia reportedly offered financial help to Campbell out of sheer goodwill. As of now, official legal documents related to the lawsuit have yet to reach the artist.