The management of Dancehall artist Tommy Lee Sparta vehemently denies recent ‘reports’ that he’s involved in gang activities.
The Spartan Soldier artist was freed from prison in March this year after serving over two years for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. It was his first conviction following several run-ins with the law over the last decade.
“In the most recent days, there have been several reports circulating, implicating our artiste Tommy Lee Sparta, in connection with gang violence. We wish to address these allegations head-on and set the record straight,” the statement, signed by the Boss Lady Muzik Management team, began.
They insisted that the allegations were baseless and that Sparta has been committed to making a positive impact.
“Tommy Lee has spent the past few years rehabilitating and turning his life around. After serving his sentence for past mistakes, he has been committed to living an honest life, focusing on his music and the positive impact he can make in the community. The allegations linking to recent gang activities are wholly unfounded and without merit,” it continued.
Boss Lady Muzik urged the media and public to recognize the artist’s growth and “change.”
“We understand the media’s role in informing the public, but it’s crucial that accuracy and fairness are maintained. We urge the public to consider the progress and changes Tommy Lee Sparta has made in his life, recognizing that he has moved on from the past.”
They added, “Tommy Lee wishes to express gratitude to his fans and supporters who have stood by him throughout his journey. He remains dedicated to his music and his mission of promoting peace, unity, and positive change through his art.”
“We hope this clarifies any misunderstandings and puts to rest any further speculations. We ask for privacy during this time as the artiste continues to focus on his work and personal growth.”
In an Instagram post in November 2022, a seemingly reformed Sparta called for criminals to abandon their illegal firearms.
He used a clip from one of Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ presentations at a sitting of the House of Representatives, which he described as a “fair speech,” to drive his point home about alleviating illegal guns in the country.
Earlier this year, he had an emotional and reflective set at the widely attended Reggae Sumfest show in Montego Bay, where he noted that prison had a positive impact on his mindset.