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Thursday 21 February 2019

From South Central LA to a police cell in Tokyo

James 'King Tight' Blackston: in custody
James 'King Tight' Blackston: in custody
James Blackston
James Blackston
James Blackston
James Blackston

Mark Hilliard

FURTHER details have begun to emerge about the young dancer arrested as part of a police investigation in Japan following the death of Irish exchange student Nicola Furlong.

James “King Tight” Blackston (23) and his friend – reported to be a 19-year-old musician who can’t be named for legal reasons – remain in police custody having been charged with the assault of Ms Furlong’s friend.

And while Ms Furlong was discovered on the floor of the musician’s hotel room, it is Mr Blackston who has attracted the attention of the global media.

Although the dancer’s Twitter and Myspace accounts have been disabled in the wake of the Tokyo killing, a portrait of a high-profile performer has emerged.

Mr Blackston has reportedly featured in several music videos for artists, including the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown and J Lo.

Reports have put both men in Tokyo working for Japanese singer Ai Carina Uemura.


He has also been linked to numerous events, including the Dancing Against Violence tour in Bonn, Germany.

Much of his US background is only beginning to emerge but it is believed he hails from the notorious south-central area of Los Angeles, which has long been synonymous with gang violence.

According to unconfirmed reports, Mr Blackston was influenced by the former American drug dealer turned performer Tommy Johnson to get into dancing and joined his ‘clown’ company.

As a teenager in or around 2006 he travelled across American and around the world with Mr Johnson’s outfit, who regularly entertained at parties in their clown outfits.

Eventually, Mr Blackston redirected himself towards more mainstream dancing and launched what appears to be a successful career in the music business.

YouTube features a number of his workshops and live performances.

While the US State Department has confirmed that the two Americans have been arrested, there is very little known about Mr Perry other than he works as a keyboard player.

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