CELEB WATCH ‘I never beat any­one up’

Vet­eran mu­si­cian Papa Penny de­nies as­sault­ing sta­tion man­ager

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Vin­cent Phahlane


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.


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


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.

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