August Darnell a.k.a. Kid Creole of Kid Creole and the Coconuts wants to make it clear that despite some confusion from fans on social media, it’s the other Kidd Creole -- of hip-hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five -- who was recently charged with stabbing a 55-year-old homeless man to death in New York City.
Kidd Creole (Nathaniel Glover) allegedly stabbed John Jolly, a registered sex offender who had served time for raping and assaulting a woman. He had been staying at a shelter in the Bowery and had at least 16 prior arrests. Glover was taken into custody Wednesday (Aug. 2) and charged for the Tuesday night stabbing.
To clear up any confusion, Darnell provided two separate comments to Billboard.
“I have been locked away in a recording studio in Copenhagen for the last 2 weeks. I did not know about this situation. Now that I know, I still do not know. Innocent until proven guilty is still the law of the land. Let's wait!” he wrote in the first. “All I can say now is that I have never met Nathaniel Glover but I thoroughly enjoyed the Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five experience. Nathaniel has never been involved with Kid Creole and the Coconuts. My condolences go out to him and his family at this unfortunate time,” adding a post-script, “to the KCC fans who were concerned by this news, all I can say is IT WASN'T ME. But thanks anyway for the concern.”
A few hours later, he followed it up with an addendum:
"I was informed, by various news outlets, that the victim (John Jolly) had no family, no friends and no home. If this is indeed FAKE NEWS, then obviously I extend my sincere expressions of sympathy to Jolly's family. I received a message today that read ‘#Kidd Creole has went off his coconut, and stabbed a bloke to death... a cha cha cha.’ There are 2 essential things wrong with this message: 1) it has not yet been proven that Nathaniel killed John, and 2) this Kidd Creole is not associated with Coconuts .... the fruits, the nuts, the seeds or the women. So I must thank you and everybody else for clearing up this matter."