Sean Kingston: Police raid home of singer accused of not paying for huge TV

Sofia Ferreira Santos,BBC News

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Police have raided a Florida mansion believed to be the residence of Sean Kingston.

The singer, whose legal name is Kisean Anderson, was named as living at the residence near Fort Lauderdale in court documents from February.

He was accused in February by a company of not fully paying for a huge TV and sound system.

A woman thought to be his mother was arrested at the property on Thursday morning under fraud and theft charges.

In a statement to the BBC, the Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed it served arrest and search warrants at the property.

“As a result of the investigation, an adult female, Janice Turner, 2/16/1963, was taken into custody on numerous fraud and theft charges.

“This investigation is active and ongoing.”

It is not clear whether Mr Kingston was present at the property during the time of the arrest, or if the arrest is linked to the company’s allegations.

Mr Kingston appeared to respond to the news on his Instagram account.

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

“My lawyers are handling everything as we speak,” he added.

The BBC has approached Mr Kingston and his mother, known on Instagram as Mama Kingston, for comment.

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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 Mr Kingston contacted the company over social media in September 2023 to purchase a “232-inch Colossal TV, coupled with a robust sound system.”

The company claims Mr Kingston “induced” the business 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 with Justin Bieber.

Following the installation, the company says Mr Kingston failed to make the remaining payments, and sued him for breach of contract and fraud.

A lawyer representing Ver Ver Entertainment told Miami’s Local 10 news that the company was hoping to retrieve it from the house following the police raid.

“We know that our property is inside this house right here, so as soon as the raid takes place we are going to have a crew of people in there to reassemble it and take it back to its rightful owner.”

Mr Kingston, 34, is known for hits such as “Beautiful Girls”, “Fire Burning”, and “Eenie Meenie” featuring Justin Bieber.

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