(Updated 12:24 p.m. EDT)-- Rapping diva Foxy Brown was not kicked off Royal Caribbean's 138,000-ton, 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas during a theme cruise -- despite reports earlier this week that she had caused havoc in the ship's beauty salon.
Gossip Web site TMZ.com reported that the 32-year-old singer, who was on the ship as a guest performer, turned up three hours late for a nail appointment in the spa and, when she was told she couldn't be accommodated, “went completely ballistic.” She was reportedly removed from the scene by security guards, escorted to her cabin and booted off the ship on March 23, when it would have been making a call at Honduras' Roatan.
However, an official statement from Royal Caribbean indicates that Brown "disembarked the ship at Georgetown, Grand Cayman, early on March 23 as originally scheduled." Company spokeswoman Janet Diaz added that "there was a situation in the spa when Ms. Brown arrived late for her scheduled appointment. The staff were eventually able to accommodate her and completed the service she needed."
The 32-year-old rap artist was part of the lineup on the annual Fantastic Voyage event, hosted by radio personality Tom Joyner. The theme cruise is billed as the “No. 1 cruise for professional African Americans and people of color” and includes a week of concerts, comedy shows, forums, networking, fashion shows and beach parties. It took place from March 20-27, sailing from Galveston, Texas, to Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel.
However, the rapper does seem to bear a grudge against beauticians. Among a string of other offenses, Foxy Brown faced assault charges in 2004 for allegedly attacking two nail salon employees, and another one in 2007 after an episode in a beauty store in which she apparently assaulted an employee.
For his part, Joyner said on his morning radio show on March 25 that the diva had been “put off” the cruise, which prompted a series of rants from her on Twitter (@FoxyDonDiva), including such outpourings as “Grandpa, you need to learn some respect!” and claiming that she “tore the stage down” (in other words, had been a great success). Joyner later admitted on air that the rapper did indeed leave as scheduled and was not kicked off.
--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributor; updated by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor