Sean Kingston: singer and mother arrested after Florida home raid

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Singer Sean Kingston has been arrested in California, hours after a police raid on his Florida mansion, during which his mother was also arrested.

In February, a company accused Kingston of not paying in full for a huge television and sound system.

American media report that he was arrested in Fort Irwin, in southern California, accused of fraud and theft with a warrant in Florida, according to the police of the latter state.

In an earlier social media post, Kingston said his lawyers were “handling everything.”

The previous Florida police raid targeted a residence near Fort Lauderdale where the singer, whose legal name is Kisean Anderson, according to court documents from February, lived.

US media, including BBC partner CBS News, reported that the woman arrested was Mr Kingston’s mother.

Confirming the raid to the BBC, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said it had served arrest and search warrants at the property.

“As a result of the investigation, an adult female, Janice Turner, 02/16/1963, was arrested on numerous charges of fraud and theft.

“This investigation is active and ongoing.”

Officers were then reportedly seen removing property from the home. It was not immediately clear whether the arrests were related to the company’s allegations.

Mr. Kingston’s arrest hours later in Southern California occurred without incident, police said, according to US media. The BBC has contacted the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for further comment.

Mr Kingston and his mother, known on Instagram as Mama Kingston, were also asked for a response.

Prior to his own arrest, Kingston appeared to address the events on his Instagram account.

“I’m fine and so is my mother,” the singer said in response to reports that the arrested woman was his mother.

“My lawyers are taking care of everything as we speak,” he added.

A lawyer representing the couple acknowledged that allegations had been made against them, telling the AP news agency: “We look forward to addressing them in court and are confident of a successful resolution.”

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Screenshot, Footage obtained by the BBC’s US partner CBS shows several police cars and a large police vehicle near the mansion.

In court documents seen by the BBC, Ver Ver Entertainment claims that Kingston contacted the company via social media in September 2023 to purchase a “232-inch Colossal TV, along with a robust sound system.”

The company claims that Kingston “induced” the company to install the products with “as small a down payment as possible” by making “numerous false representations,” including a suggestion that he would create promotional videos for the company featuring Justin Bieber.

After installation, the company says Kingston failed to make the remaining payments and sued it for breach of contract and fraud.

An attorney representing Ver Ver Entertainment told Miami’s Local 10 that the company hoped to recover it from the home following the police raid.

“We know our property is inside this house here, so as soon as the raid is done, we’re going to have a team of people there to put it back together and take it to its rightful owner.”

Kingston, 34, is known for hits such as Beautiful Girls, Fire Burning and Eenie Meenie with Justin Bieber.

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