Bahamian authorities shut down Lenny Kravitz's dental practice

Rocker had helped establish free clinic on the island of Eleuthera, but no one had thought to get the necessary paperwork

You’re a pop star with a 1,000-watt smile, and all you want is for others, less fortunate than you, to have the chance to flash similarly sparkling gnashers. And so, naturally, you open a charity dental practice. From there on in, it should all be plain sailing and good dental health, right? Sadly, that wasn’t Lenny Kravitz’s experience at the dentist’s.

The rocker had established a charitable dental practice in Gregory Town on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera – where he has a home – to provide free dental care for four days, beginning on Friday 11 December. The practice was run from the town’s Catholic church hall by Kravitz’s Let Love Rule foundation and the GLO Good Foundation. However, the clinic had not obtained the necessary paperwork from the dental council, and from immigrations and customs.

On Monday however, police and immigration officials came to the practice and gave 15 minutes’ notice that it had to close. Patients – including one in mid-root canal work – had to leave, according to the Eleutheran.

The police report stated:

Sometime around 1.33pm on Saturday 12/12/15 the Police received a report that there was a group of persons operating an illegal clinic at the Catholic Hall in Gregory Town. As a result, officers visited the location along with immigration officers. While there they spoke with Mr Lenny Kravitz who reported that he was hosting the free clinic through his Let Love Rule Foundation in conjunction with the GLO Good Foundation. Mr Kravitz was not able to produce documentation authorising the event, as a result he was informed that he was in breach of the Immigration and Public Health Acts and was instructed to cease all operations until proper authorisation was obtained.

The Eleutheran reports that the clinic is likely to reopen in the new year.

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