This item was written by Johanna Jainchill, who covers cruising for Travel Weekly. Jainchill is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.
Rapper Foxy Brown is fighting back rumors that she was thrown off a cruise ship after flipping out over a missed manicure earlier this month.
And the cruise line is backing up her story – mostly.
Earlier this week, several media outlets reported that Brown had allegedly been kicked off Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas out of Galveston, for going “ballistic” over a missed manicure appointment.
TMZ.com and MTV.com both reported that the rapper was booted from the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise, an annual cruise held for listeners of Joyner’s popular radio show, on which Brown was a celebrity guest.
The story went that security removed Brown from the salon and supervised her in her cabin until the ship’s arrival in Grand Cayman, where authorities asked her to leave. Joyner fueled the fire during his radio broadcast on March 25, confirming that Brown was asked to leave the vessel.
“We put Foxy off the cruise. Let’s just say she got put off,” Joyner said, according to MTV.
This week Brown fought back at the allegations.
She told the syndicated news program Inside Edition last night, “I am by far no angel, I’m not, and I don’t ever profess to be. I’ve paid for my mistakes but I’m just not going to pay for Tom Joyner’s lies.”
Brown said she had always planned to disembark in Grand Cayman, a fact confirmed by Royal Caribbean.
“Ms. Brown disembarked the ship at Georgetown, Grand Cayman, early on March 23 as originally scheduled,” the cruise line said in a statement.
Brown also told Inside Edition that there was no incident at the ship’s salon, which her publicist, Susan Anderson of Black Star Communications, confirmed to the Cruise Log.
“Foxy Brown did not have an altercation with the nail salon staff,” Anderson said. “She did receive a service on the boat and it was to her satisfaction.”
Royal Caribbean stated that “there was a situation in the spa. … Ms. Brown was late to her spa appointment twice and was not happy to have to be rescheduled each time. However the staff were eventually able to accommodate her and completed the service she needed.”
Joyner has also admitted that Brown was not kicked off the ship, but did say she had “some problems” while onboard and at the nail salon.
“She did not get put off,” he said on his morning show. “That was incorrect. She was scheduled to get off when she got off but she did have some problems while she was on. That much was right.”
The situation has definitely left Brown and Joyner at odds.
“She fulfilled her contractual obligation and came off the gig and the person she performed for is spreading false rumors,” said Anderson. “She is not the only one appalled by this. Other artists have reached out to us and they are appalled.”