Legendary Producer Austin Jailed In Dubai

R&B Hitmaker Dallas Austin is in a Dubai prison, where he stands accused of transporting drugs into the Arab country en route to Naomi Campbell’s birthday party last month. Austin has churned out hits for Madonna, Michael Jackson, Brandy, TLC, Aretha Franklin, the Indigo Girls and Boyz II Men to name a few. Dubai, which is a member state of the United Arab Emirates, has strict drug policies and a reputation for a stern justice system. In extreme cases, the death sentence for convicted drug traffickers is imposed, while possession of small quantities of various drugs can result in lengthy jail sentences. According to the NY Daily News, Campbell’s birthday party was a three-day extravaganza at the Burj Al Arab hotel, which drew fellow models like Eva Herzigova and Linda Evangelista. Campbell’s boyfriend, Dubai oil heir Badr Jafar, rented out a large section of the ultra-expensive hotel. Each day had a theme: “All White,” “Hip Hop” and “Brazilian Samba.” “Naomi doesn’t know anything about this,” her flack told us. A rep for Austin had no comment.

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