Bounty Killer is a changed man and he wants the world to know it.
Despite his troubled past Bounty Killer has emerged as one of the growing voices against domestic abuse in recent years.
On Wednesday the deejay again addressed the issue at a violence against women forum at Red Stripe’s offices.
At the forum, the entertainer discussed how his abusive past has continued to haunt him even despite his change.
“I used to be cross, angry, miserable. As yuh say ‘Hey’, mi say ‘nay’, and me ready fi ‘lay’, but it put me inna some serious consequences,” he told The Star.
“Over the years, until this day, some a dem still stay. Yuh hear dem say I was arrested for hammering a young lady, that was a lie. I did not hammer no young lady, but I did assault that young lady,” he added.
“Hammer her, or box her, or touch her, it was still assault, so I did something wrong. It doesn’t matter if it was a big thing or little thing, it should’ve been nothing.”
Bounty Killer’s comments stem from an incident that transpired over a decade ago. The deejay was arrested and charged for domestic abuse following an incident with an alleged girlfriend.
The deejay says he still gets significant backlash despite his best efforts to show his change. He highlighted the public backlash he received following an International Women’s Day performance a few years ago.
“I get a piece a backlash trying to make a change, trying to be a better version of myself, trying to own up to my wrongs and trying to tell everybody that it is not a good thing. It not supposed to happen and please prevent it,” he said.
The deejay reflected on the incident with great regret explaining that his foolish act caused him years of guilt. He also recounts losing his US Visa and the significant backlash in the media.
However, Bounty says he wasn’t the only one affected by his past actions as his children also faced consequences. He says this one of his main motivations for change, as he saw how it has affected his kids.
“Even my kids get mockery at school, and that’s not a good impact on them,” the deejay recalls.
The entertainer says he feels a responsibility to tell his story as domestic violence continues to spiral out of control.
“Dem say when yuh burn, yuh learn, and I’ve been through the fire and have been purified. Mine was a case weh it never take no lives, but this is becoming a real epidemic now where we see lovers killing each other in their own homes. That’s a curse,” he said.
The deejay also revealed that his journey to try and pay back his debt to society has also made him grow as a person. “We need good role models and that’s what I keep searching for, the better version of myself,” he declared.