Judge Refuses to Seal Nicki Minaj Videotaped Statements in Deposition

12 Dec
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Rapper Nicki Minaj has been denied her request to seal her videotaped statement in an ongoing legal battle with a former stylist.

The”Anaconda” rapper whose real name is Onika Maraj, has been locked in a court fight with her former stylist, Maher Jridi since October 2018.

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Photo Via Instagram/ @Maher_1 
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Jridi claimed that his suppliers  stuck him with a bill of almost $74,000 because he could not return the rented designer items as clothing options for a series of events in 2017, including Paris Fashion Week in France.

He demanded that Minaj reimburse him for the cost of the bill and deliver damages for emotional distress, but she challenged the claims and subsequently responded with her own claim, arguing that the Frenchman owes her money because she had overpaid him. $ 12,000 for his services.

Minaj was questioned about the dispute in a statement filmed in September, but then moved to block Jridi from using the images or throwing them into the media.

The legal documents obtained by Celawbrity show Maraj/Minaj’s lawyers aid: “Given the fame of Maraj as a rapper and cheerleader of world renown, she fears that the Claimant intends to publicly disseminate the discovery of confidential documents and testimony prior to the trial to embarrass or harm her.”

Jridi’s lawyers insisted that the hip-hop star was simply trying to use her “celebrity status” to get special treatment, and the judge who oversaw the case accepted it, and dismissed Minaj’s motion.

In his ruling, the judge stated that Minaj had not provided evidence to support claims that suggested that Jridi would filter the video or explain how its release could damage her reputation.

The case continues.

Man pleads guilty in burglary, shootout at rapper Bun B’s home

11 Dec

Demonte Jackson pled guilty yesterday to his role in the burglary and shootout that happened at Houston rapper Bun B’s home earlier this year

Jackson faced charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary of a habitation in connection with the May 14 break-in.

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Bun B, whose real name is Bernard Freeman, said a man forced his way into his home and pointed a gun at his wife’s head. He said the man tried to rob the couple and they told the man to take the Audi in the garage.

Bun B said that was when he grabbed his gun and shot at the man in the garage. The man returned fire and fled, he said.

Jackson was arrested after showing up at the hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound to his left shoulder, police.

Fat Joe Sued for Copyright Infringement and His Insurance Company Refuses to Back Him Up

10 Dec

Bronx born rapper and CEO of Terror Squad, Fat Joe  is named in a copyright infringement lawsuit related to the 2016 double-platinum single “All the Way Up.” 

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Fat Joe poses with Wendy Williams, Dec. 10, 2019 after appearing on her show where he discussed his show “Family Ties” and used the platform to condemn the glorification of pill popping in the wake of the death of fellow rapper Juice Wrld.

Unfortunately, his personal liability insurer, Homeland Insurance Co. of New York has told a New York federal court it does not have to cover the rapper Fat Joe in a copyright infringement lawsuit related to the 2016 double-platinum single “All the Way Up,” as the suit doesn’t fall under their agreement.Fat Joe’s smash hit was shared with French Montana.

The policy owned by Joseph Cartagena Fat Joe and his company Sneaker Addict Touring LLC doesn’t cover the lawsuit filed by rapper Fly Havana as it relates to “jointly-authored and jointly-owned work,” the insurer said Friday. 

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Miami based rapper Fly Havana

Fly Havana accused Fat Joe of denying him credit and compensation  for his contributions to the “All the Way Up” track. But Joe claims he paid Fly Havana $5,000 in exchange for the release of all his claims to the work.

Fat Joe, believes the lawsuit falls squarely under the insurance agreement providing coverage for “infringement and is suing for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing against Homeland. He is also seeking declaratory relief. He believes Homeland should face punitive damages “sufficient to punish it and deter similar conduct in the future.”

 

Rapper Obie Trice Arrested for Shooting GF’s Son

9 Dec

Rapper Obie Trice, who was part of Eminem’s Shady Records was arrested arrested after an 18-year-old man was shot at a Detroit-area home, authorities said Friday.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said Obie Trice, 42, was jailed after deputies took him into custody and secured a pistol he was ordered to drop. Officials say Trice and his girlfriend were fighting at the Commerce Township home and the woman’s son intervened.

hqdefault.jpgAs the woman and her son tried to leave the home, Trice retrieved a gun and it discharged during a struggle between him and the teen, a sheriff’s release said. The 18-year-old was shot in the groin and fractured his pelvis. He was taken to a hospital and later released.

The pistol recovered from the scene is unregistered, officials said. Trice remained jailed Friday afternoon and it wasn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Timbaland Closes on $8M Miami Mansion

7 Dec

Luxury homebuilder Balli Development Group closed a real estate deal worth nearly $8 million when it sold a 7-bedroom modern home to Grammy Award-winning record producer and rapper Timbaland.

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Property records reveal the musician, singer, songwriter and DJ purchased the home at 5400 Hammock Drive in his name, Timothy Z. Mosley for $7.95 million.

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Luxury homebuilder Balli Development Group, led by Giorgio Balli, sold the property.

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The 8,600 sq ft mansion in Coral Gables features imported marble, granite and custom woodwork. It’s surrounded by mature oak trees and other native landscaping.

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The listing agent was Audrey Ross of Compass.

YoungBoy NBA Family Members Connected to Deadly Shooting

6 Dec

Multiple media outlets have reported that the brothers of Louisiana based rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again are now in custody for the murder of  a 17-year-old kid named Javon Brown. While the 20-year-old rapper remains on house arrest for the next and is required to wear an ankle bracelet, that didn’t stop his brothers from finding trouble. Big trouble.

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According to WVLA, 16-year-old Jeffrey Tate and 18-year-old Davaughn Tate were arrested Wednesday in connection to the fatal shooting of Brown. The Tate brothers—along with a third suspect 16-year-old Kevin Anderson, allegedly approached the teen at around 2:45 p.m. Monday as he was walking home from school in Baton Rouge, LA.

A police report states the three suspects instigated a physical altercation with Brown, who was ultimately shot in the stomach. The three teens fled the scene before police arrived. Brown died from his injuries Tuesday morning at the hospital.

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WBRZ reports Davaughn was charged with second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, while Jeffrey and Anderson were initially charged with principal to second-degree murder, principal to illegal use of a weapon, and simple battery. On Thursday, however, a judge decided Jeffrey would be charged with murder and stand trial as an adult.

Although YoungBoy has said he only has one brotherWBRZ pointed to court records that indicate the rapper shares the same father with the Tate brothers. A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Police Department could not confirm that Jeffrey and Davaughn were, in fact, related to the rapper, but were aware that local media outlets were making the connection. According to WBRZ, Jeffrey Tate is being represented by James Manasseh. YoungBoy was previously represented by the same lawyer when he was allegedly involved in a drive-by shooting.

Assault Charges Against Remy Ma Dropped!!!

5 Dec

No more ankle bracelets or curfews. Rapper Remy Ma is a free woman (again). She was on travel restrictions, and had to be in the house every night by 8pm, all because she was accused of punching her “Love & Hip Hop New York” co-star Brittney Taylor in the face during an April 16 concert in New York City.

Remy Ma, whose real name is Reminisce Smith, was arrested and charged with assault back in May.  However, Remy always denied the incident even occurred. Her lawyer said her client was home with her daughter at the time of the alleged attack.

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The case was dismissed Monday after prosecutors said conflicting evidence and witness accounts made the case too difficult to prove. Whats more confusing is that the alleged victim, Brittney Taylor went to Instagram after the case was dismissed and posted a cryptic message: “you’re welcome” after Remy left the courthouse wearing a pink and yellow faux fur coat with her husband, Papoose and a smile on her face.

Assistant District Attorney Juan Maldonado says the sole witness who corroborated Taylor’s account stopped co-operating with investigators.

 

 

 

 

Braxton Family Values Star Towanda Braxton Faces FRAUD Charges

19 Nov

Braxton Family Values star, Towanda Braxton has had a year of legal drama that looks like its going from bad to worse. After filing BANKRUPTCY earlier this year, the sister of the legendary Toni Braxton and the infamous Tamar Braxton is being SUED by her former landlord for being FRAUDULENT about her ability to pay. (YES… She was renting the suburban Atlanta home we saw her in on the WE tv show.

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Although Towanda filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy back in April– citing $277,650 in assets but $547,056 in liabilities, her former landlord Michael Waggoner followed up with his own lawsuit, saying she was LYING about her assets and income and owes him $76,000 over unpaid rent and damages from the Atlanta home she RENTED from him. He does not want the debt wiped out in the Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy proceedings.

According to the Blast, Braxton is set to be deposed about the Waggoner situation on November 21.

Chicago’s Civil Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett Could Be Dismissed

7 Sep

Jussie Smollett‘s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him seeking $130K.

Its no secret that actor Jussie Smollett best known for his leading role on the television series Empire, has been accused of making up an elaborate story of being the victim of an attack outside his apartment in Chicago by two men who allegedly had on MAGA caps. Two hunky Nigerian aspiring actors later admitted that they were the MAGA guys but claimed they were put up to the whole thing by Smollett himself.

Criminal charges stemming from the incident were dropped back in March after Cook County’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx declined to prosecute the actor after Jussie forfeited his $10,000 bond and agreed to perform community service. However, the City of Chicago continued its public campaign to derail the actor, with everyone from the mayor to police chief holding press conferences shaming the actor for allegedly filing a false police report. (Even if true, he wouldn’t have been the first person of privilege to file a false police report, and he certainly won’t be the last.)

Then Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a “whitewash of justice” and suggested Smollett received special treatment: “You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”

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Even US President Donald Trump threw in his 3 cents, tweeting: “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” ABC7 Chicago reported that the “FBI is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges.” According to TMZ, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police filed a complaint with the Department of Justice.

The actor was later fired from Empire. To make matters worse, the city of Chicago sued the Jussie Smollett seeking reimbursement for the $130K they spent vigorously investigating the alleged hoax attack.  The Chicago Police Department claims to have logged 1,836 hours in overtime trying to resolve the case.

Lawyers for the actor are now asserting that while Smollett is not admitting he staged the incident,  the decision to spend so much time and resources investigating is squarely on law enforcement.

“My client from the beginning has maintained his innocence and disputed the city’s allegations,” said William J. Quinlan, of The Quinlan Law Firm, who filed the motion. He noted that “it’s going to be very difficult for the city to prevail in making a case my client should pay for overtime for a case ultimately dismissed by the state’s attorney.

“It’s ridiculous and a stretch to require him to do so.” “This lawsuit was only filed by the former mayor … out of frustration for the state’s attorney dismissing the charges,” said Quinlan.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall, who is hearing the case, said she will rule in October on whether the city could move forward with its lawsuit to redeem the costs.

 

Fetty Wap ARRESTED and CHARGED with ASSAULT of hotel employees!!!

4 Sep

The one eyed rapper, Fetty Wap, whose legal name is Willie Maxwell  was arrested on 3 counts of battery this past Sunday.

Las Vegas local news outlets reported that he hit a parking attendant after getting into an argument. Police originally said Fetty wapped an employee but later said he “committed a battery” on three people.

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This isn’t Fetty’s first brush with the law. Back in late 2017, he was arrested and charged with DUI after police say he was caught drag racing another car on a New York City highway.  No word on whether his “trap queen” was accompanying him in either of the ALLEGED incidents.

 

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