CELEB WATCH ‘I never beat anyone up’
Veteran musician Papa Penny denies assaulting station manager
THEY DON'T REALISE THEYARE RUINING MY REPUTATION
DISCO king, Penny Penny is an angry man. This after a Sunday paper reported that he assaulted the station manager of Munghana Lonene FM, Lawrence Ubisi. Penny Penny, who is currently one of the mosttalked about celebrities in the country thanks to his Mzansi Magic show, Papa Penny Ahee!, says he is not happy about the claims of the assault.
TIRED OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS
Penny Penny says it upsets him when he is accused of things he didn’t do.
“When newspapers don’t have anything to write about, they always target me. This is not the first time a false story is written about me. And they don’t realise that they are ruining my reputation,” he says.
“First it was the Cassper Nyovest saga in the media that almost ended with a lawsuit and now I am being accused of assault.”
Papa Penny says he gets that he is famous, but appeals to the media to stop writing false stories about him. “I have never tried to beat anyone up; I am not that type of a person,” says Papa Penny.
Penny Penny says there was not even an argument between him and Lawrence, that they are on good terms and that things will stay like that.
“Lawrence was surprised when he heard about the allegations. But because he knows how silly tabloids can be sometimes, he did not even entertain them.”
When Move! contacted Lawrence, he said he was surprised to read about the alleged assault as he and Papa Penny are close friends.
“Yes, there was some misunderstanding regarding performances during the station's awards ceremony, but there was never a fight,” says Lawrence
PAPERS HATE ME
Penny Penny says he does not understand why he gets treated like this.
“I am one of the most talked about people in the industry and instead of writing positive things about me, it’s always negative reporting,” he says.
He says he is thinking of seeking legal advice to sue people who write negative stories about him. He further says he has been calm about this, but he feels like his reputation is going to be ruined.
“God has always been good to me and if they think that I am just going to sit back and watch, they’ve got another thing coming. I don’t mind what they are doing to me because I have been in the industry for so long. I am just doing this to protect my family.”
Meanwhile, with a few episodes left of the first season of his show, he promises to be back with a second season, which promises to be more entertaining.