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Maybe Sean Paul should have been nicer to his ex, because now he's being sued to the tune of $80 million.
The famous Jamaican dancehall and reggae artist allegedly had a love affair with Susanne Persson in 2010, but their relationship ended poorly. Persson is making all kinds of claims against Paul in a lawsuit filed just after the New Year.
A breakup generally isn't grounds for a lawsuit, but Persson is claiming Paul abused her physically and emotionally and had her illegally deported. Her proof? Well, that's where this gets interesting.
The filings say that Paul bribed Jamaican police to deport Persson, who is a Swedish citizen. As proof, she offers a receipt for the flight that she left on, paid for by Paul's management company, reports The Urban Daily.
That alone isn't proof that he bribed officials or otherwise arranged her deportation.
If she was allowed into the country by his label, then they may be responsible for the costs after she overstayed her welcome.
She also alleges that she tried to kill herself shortly before the deportation and that Paul "emotionally tortured" her during their relationship.
Those are some pretty hefty claims. But without evidence to back them up, there's nothing the legal system will do. Breaking up with someone isn't illegal.
Persson could potentially try to argue intentional infliction of emotional distress. She would have to prove that Paul acted outrageously and knew or should have known his actions would cause her severe emotional distress.
So far the only evidence reported is a nasty breakup, according to the story from News One. That's unfortunate, but not outrageous.
A significant portion of Persson's 126-page filing is a 120-page tell-all story about her alleged life with Paul. In it, she describes herself as a "jet set slave" and alludes to Paul's purported "cocaine dealings, lies, murders and erection problems."
That story, complete with an illustrated cover, is now public record as a court filing, so it's possible Paul could respond with his own lawsuit for libel.
If he can prove that the "manuscript" is false, that Persson knew it was false, and that it harmed his reputation, then Paul might have a claim. But in the meantime he'll have to deal with this lawsuit.
Persson filed her claim in New York because Paul's record label is located there. Even if the suit goes nowhere, she's certainly given her ex some bad publicity.
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