ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Calypsonian Leston “Young Destroyer” Jacobs is expected to return to police today for further questioning in relation to the scuffle between him and Soca Monarch Tian Winter at the Soca Monarch show Saturday night.
Both men claimed they reported the matter to police hours later and the undisputed King of Caribbean Calypso was eventually taken into custody Sunday evening.
Police escorted Jacobs off the stage just after he delivered his second performance in the Wadadli Beer Calypso Monarch Competition.
He told OBSERVER Media police released him Monday morning and told him to return to the station for further questioning as the probe continues.
Detailing how the fracas unfolded, Jacobs said he was speaking in jest with Neil Cochrane backstage of the Party Monarch show and commenting to other artistes regarding who would likely emerge winner, when Winter overheard the conversation and allegedly threatened to “thump” him.
Jacobs said before he got to do anything, Winter, who was later crowned Party Monarch, accosted him.
As a consequence of the alleged attack, Jacobs said he sustained a chipped front tooth, lacerations about the body and has been having headaches.
The calypsonian said there were a number of witnesses who could attest to his recount, including other calypsonians who performed that night.
However, contrary to Jacobs’ recollection of the incident, a statement issued by Winter’s management team alleged that the altercation was wholly initiated by the calypsonian. It dismissed claims by Jacobs that Tian Winter simply attacked him without reason as false.
Winter’s camp said it has witnesses to support his account of the incident.
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)