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The story of Philip Taylor is a story of a young man given every chance by his rich, successful parents: good schooling, a fine house, encouragement to express himself artistically. Last week he was arrested for attempted murder. Let's just hope his...
March 15, 2011, 10:17am

You never can tell, can you? The story of Philip Taylor is a story of a young man given every chance by his rich, successful parents: good schooling, a fine house, encouragement to express himself artistically… and yet, this gangster rapper son of an African military dictator currently on trial for murder, rape, and terrorism has clearly fallen in with the wrong crowd. Last week he was arrested for attempted murder. Let's just hope his parents don't blame themselves.

His father is Charles Taylor, the Liberian warlord who dragged Naomi Campbell and the woman from Rosemary's Baby into an international court last year. A couple of years ago, we met his son, Philip, aka Charles Taylor Jnr, aka Bentman, aka Liberia's leading MC at his house in Monrovia while we were filming The Vice Guide To Liberia. You can reacquaint yourself with the man beneath.