Popular dancehall selector/artiste, Tony Matterhorn is furious over allegations that he has run off with a promoter's money after failing to show up for an event.
In an article published in The WEEKEND STAR, dated April 27, 2012, promoter Wrenroy Smith demanded that Matterhorn return his deposit of $90,000. According to Smith, he contacted Matterhorn in December to do a show in Annotto Bay, St Mary. Smith said he and Matterhorn agreed on a price and he sent him the money through Western Union.
"I booked Matterhorn for Girls Graduation, an all-white edition fund-raising event which was to be held on April 7. Matterhorn told me his price for the event, I sent him the deposit and he collected it. I booked him, Swatch International and Jamrock Sound. I got a message that Matterhorn had double-booked the date, so I contacted him and he asked if I could switch the dates. I told him no because I had already paid for the venue and printed up the flyers. Matterhorn said he would send back my deposit in two days," Smith said.
The promoter says four months have now passed and he still has not received his money from Matterhorn, despite numerous phone calls to a number that Matterhorn gave him that was not working. However, according to Matterhorn, the promoter was unable to reach him for a while as he had been travelling, and one of his cellular phones had been cut off. But despite all this, Matterhorn maintains that the promoter probably "carried feelings" because he decided to do World Clash instead of his show.
"It safe to sey badmind get the best of him. Cause a from January mi tell him, bout two days afta wi book fi him show, dat mi cyan do him show again cause mi a do World Clash," Matterhorn said.
Matterhorn also rubbished the promoter's claim that he could not find him, hence leading persons to believe that he had run off with the deposit. "This is just a publicity stunt he (the promoter) is trying to pull. You went about it wrong. You made two calls and didn't get me, you try again. I couldn't be hiding from you for $90,000. You went to so much media, but all now yuh nuh leave yuh contact info," Matterhorn said.
Matterhorn also said the number he has for the promoter does not work, "cause yuh know me already, mi been a call him fi deal wid him wicked. Leave a number and stop hype up yuh self. Nuh body nuh know Matterhorn as smaddy fi jump ship, and if mi a guh jump ship mi nah guh do it fi 90 gran, afta mi nuh hungry!"