Concert Promoter Sues T-Pain for $5 Million
Rapper turned "sanga" T-Pain may find himself in legal hot water after canceling an appearance in Guyana, due to death threats. The Florida native was hit with a $5 million breach of contract lawsuit for missing the performance, which he was reportedly paid a $75,000 advance for.
According to Hit and Jams Entertainment, T-Pain and his reps made several over the top demands including a private jet and FBI protection for a phone conversation with the country's president.
The Georgetown-based promotion company is also suing T-Pain's Nappy Boy Touring and Chase Entertainment. David Abram, a rep for Chase Entertainment, claims that he offered to return the advance money because T-Pain didn't perform.
"It was a legitimate security threat," Abram said in a statement. "We feel horrible about not being able to play the concert. We are going to do what needs to be done to make this right with the promoters. They're a good company. We're a good company."
In addition to the breach of contract suit, Hit and James is also filling libel and defamation suits against the defendants including Abram.
Promoter Kerwin Bollers called off the concert after both email and phone threats were received from an unidentified source. T-Pain canceled his performance for the country's annual Carnival celebration. He was said to be one of the biggest names to hit the stage in the country.
T-Pain has yet to release a statement on the suit.
The 23-year-old is currently in the running to become one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2009.