Friday, June 21, 2024

Joss Stone Kidnap Plot May Have Been Anti-Royal Celeb Scheme


You may have heard that British R&B singer Joss Stone was targeted for a kidnapping and maybe worse last week in London. Two men were apprehended in her neighborhood after sharp eyed observers noticed strangers lurking about. The men had rope, a body bag, and a sword, according to reports.

But why Stone, an amiable figure without controversy? A source who spoke with Stone tells me that the men–and this has not been reported yet–also had a list of other celebrities who’d attended the April 29th royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Their plan, the source says, was to attempt something with each of these guests–a list that would include Elton John, the Beckhams, director Guy Ritchie and Rowan Atkinson. Stone just seemed the easiest to get at, the singer was told by police.

My source says that Stone was told the potential kidnappers were anti-royalists who objected to the international spectacle of the wedding. Luckily, Stone was not home at the time. She thanked her astute neighbors, and is basically unfazed by the incident.

The anti-royalist movement does exist in Britain. We don’t hear much about it here. But before the big wedding, a proposal for anti-wedding parade by republicans (lower case) was rejected in Camden Town.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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