DMW singer, Peruzzi is one of the highly rated new names in the industry. He, alongside Teni, Zlatan, has been earmarked to dominate the Nigerian music scene for long years. However, there are questions on the lips of music lovers regarding his character, even though his talent is beyond doubt. The gifted singer appears to be growing an ugly habit of controversies. In under one year, Peruzzi has been accused of breaching a contract agreement, he found himself in a near sex scandal, he enraged the music community with his comments on the choice of Next Rated artist, and the performance fraud incident involving ABUAD alumni happened.
Most recently, Peruzzi was called out for assaulting a prominent Twitter personality – an influencer named Pamilerin – over the latter’s comment on the rivalry between the former and Teni. Pamilerin’s tweet which triggered the beast in Peruzzi reads: ” Peruzzi trying to compare himself to Teni. Uncle, calm down…wait till Teni wins next rated at the Headies.” The DMW signee waited 5months to confront the influencer. This led to the alleged assault, which was reported with accompanying pictorial and video evidence. The story developed into another round of controversy for the singer, subjecting him to intense criticism from the public. Peruzzi, however, managed to diffuse the crisis using help from his label boss, Davido.
The outcome could have been different if the characters were different. Not every alleged victim would be so forgiving to take a half-hearted apology from Peruzzi. Not every one would welcome an unconvincing conciliatory effort from Davido. The alleged attack should never have happened if the accused had not spoken the language of violence but he opened the door to multiple possibilities when the alleged deed was done. It is therefore necessary to look at the other possible outcomes should Pamilerin have refused to “let love lead.” These could have happened:
PAMILERIN GOES TO COURT
Following the report of the assault suffered by Pamilerin in the hands of Peruzzi, the popular suggestion from the mass of sympathisers is that the influencer should treat the case in court. Lola, an Entertainment Lawyer, said, “if Pamilerin had decided to go to court it would have been a case of assault, which is considered a criminal act.”
Barrister Akinyemi Ayinoluwa, Managing Partner at a Lagos-based firm named Hightower Solicitors & Advocates backed this up by quoting Section 252 of the Criminal Code Act, which defines an assault as: “ a person who strikes, touches, or moves, or otherwise applies force of any kind to the person of another, either directly or indirectly, without his consent, or with his consent, if the consent is obtained by fraud, or who by any bodily act or gesture attempts or threatens to apply force of any kind to the person of another without his consent, in such circumstances that the person making the attempt or threat has actually or apparently a present ability to effect his purpose, is said to assault that other person, and the act is called an assault”.
From the definition provided by Barrister Akinyemi, the accusation was spot-on – Peruzzi allegedly assaulted the twitter celebrity. The Barrister stated that “by virtue of Section 351 of the Criminal Code Act, any person who unlawfully assaults another is guilty of a misdemeanor, and is liable, if no greater punishment is provided, to imprisonment for one year.”
This means that after both parties have argued their case in court and the evidences brought forward have been examined, Peruzzi could end up behind bars, if found guilty. This would mean that he would be away from the music scene for the period he is serving his time. This is of course if the option of out-of-court settlement does not work. The singer, after this time, is expected to bounce back with new music – a couple of singles, collaboration and perhaps a body of work to go – and heavy press coverage with the hope of covering lost grounds and retiring to the spotlight.
VIOLENT RIVALRY BETWEEN PERUZZI & TENI FANS
On the other hand, the alleged assault could have triggered a war between rival fans – it could have been a violent or non-violent war. Lola raised this point during our chat. She said,”what if another party interpreted the alleged assault as an attack on Teni’s fans and they said ‘Peruzzi has beaten Pamilerin, we should get revenge.’” She added, “these things happen.”
Indeed, Peruzzi’s action could have reignited the rivalry between his fans and Teni’s stans. This could result in a war of words on Twitter at least and violent attacks at worst. It is impossible to predict the length to which stans are willing to go to defend their position on such issues. It is however predictable, looking at the history of fan rivalry across different music cultures that it never really ends, particularly when it has reached the point of bloodletting.
Usually, at this point both parties come to realise the need for peace and the needlessness of violence. This is where both artists shake hands and send word to their fans to “let love lead.” However, not all scripts are written this way. In any case, the war could cease but rivalry never really ends, as long as both artists keep putting out materials they comparison would continue.
This article was written by Ibironke Oluwatobi. He tweets via: @ibironketweets